Socks give seniors an impulse to get walking

Mr Dang Hook Daik (at right) tries on the socks fitted with electronic sensors that help correct his gait. With him is Dr Matthew Chua from NUS. Mr Dang was able to walk more easily and confidently as the socks "zapped" him to remind him which foot t
Mr Dang Hook Daik (at right) tries on the socks fitted with electronic sensors that help correct his gait. With him is Dr Matthew Chua from NUS. Mr Dang was able to walk more easily and confidently as the socks "zapped" him to remind him which foot to lift and put in front of the other.ST PHOTO: SONG TAO

New device that guides gait aims to lower risk of falls and enhance mobility of the elderly

Mr Dang Hook Daik used to enjoy venturing out of the house. He would take the train to Chinatown and Jurong to visit his friends thrice a week or head to Bukit Batok for physiotherapy weekly.

But he was stricken with Parkinson's disease four years ago and fell five times in the last two years because the tremors that came with the disease made it hard for him to walk properly.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 27, 2018, with the headline 'Socks give seniors an impulse to get walking'. Print Edition | Subscribe