It’s Never 2 Late® Partners with Western Kentucky University Exercise Science to Develop Bingocize® App for Older Adults

It’s Never 2 Late, a company dedicated to bringing person- centered engagement technology and accessible computing to promote greater connections and enjoyment for today’s seniors, announced a new partnership with Western Kentucky University to develop a Bingocize® app for seniors. Bingocize® is a preventative health promotion program designed by Dr. Jason Crandall, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at Western Kentucky University (WKU). It has been designed in order to increase the functional performance, health knowledge and social engagement of older adults in a variety of settings.

 

The program combines the well-known game of Bingo with physical exercise to enhance both physical, social, and cognitive benefits for participants. With support from the Retirement Research Foundation and Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, Dr. Crandall and Dr. Matthew Shake, a WKU Psychological Sciences Associate Professor, showed Bingocize® improves functional performance for older adult participants, including positive observed improvement in lower body strength, upper body strength, the 2-minute step test and gait. “The positive results we’ve seen for the Bingocize program signify the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of older adults, particularly in those individuals suffering from dementia,” said Dr. Jason Crandall. Dr. Crandall, along with Dr. Jean Neils-Strunjas, Department Head for the WKU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, were recently awarded a $772,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to implement Bingocize® in 23 Kentucky nursing homes.

 

“We’re fortunate to be partnering with Jason Crandall and Western Kentucky University on this innovative program for seniors. It’s exactly what we’re about at It’s Never 2 Late: helping seniors improve their health and feel better while having fun!” added Jack York, iN2L President and Co- founder.

 

1,000 people have taken the program so far and the program is currently running in eight states. The iN2L app will be developed throughout the summer and be launched nationwide as part of the iN2L platform in the fall. More information on the Bingocize® program can be found at http://orgs.wku.edu/bingocize/

 

About Western Kentucky University’s School of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

The vision of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport is to offer premier academic programs and to be acknowledged for innovative teaching, research, and creative & professional service activities related to improving wellness and overall quality of life in a global society. The mission of the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport is to provide high quality educational experiences and engagement opportunities for future professionals seeking knowledge in disciplines related to human movement, leisure services, and sport management.

 

About It’s Never 2 Late

It’s Never 2 Late® (iN2L), founded in 1999, is a Colorado technology company that helps seniors realize the full benefits of today’s technology through picture-based, touch-screen interface that allows users to simply “touch” their way toward finding engaging, educational, spiritual and personalized content that is appropriate to their own level of ability. iN2L integrates the hardware, software, media and various components necessary to allow individuals with an interest in using a computer to do so without frustration, regardless of background, physical or intellectual abilities. iN2L’s scalable systems are currently installed at more than 2,500 senior living communities in the United States and four countries. www.in2l.com

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iN2L Media Contact: Lori Snow, Director of Marketing

(414) 690-3016 or lsnow@iN2L.com

WKU/CHHS Media Contact: Susan Megahee, Communications Specialist

(270)750-8770 or susan.megahee@wku.edu

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