Quantifying freezing-of-gait

These are my feet, they have been with me for 42 years soon and they mostly serve me well. However, recently I have noticed an increasing tendency to get freezing-of-gait, an annoying effect of my “flavor” of Parkinson’s disease. For some more information on what freezing-of-gait, watch this film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaY3gz5tJSk. Although the case in the film is quite severe and I am not even close to having the problems the man in the film has.

I am a firm believer in the ideas of Quantified Self and incidentally currently have the fortune of participating in a study from Psykologifabriken aimed at encouraging everyday creativity. These two things lead to an idea during my walk to work this morning: I will try to quantify my freezing-of-gait and monitor the effects of different interventions on it.

Starting today, the plan is to register when my freezing-of-gait appears, using a scale 1-5 for severity. Let’s see what happens!


  1. Have you heard of the GaitAid? It is a training tool to help alleviate freezing of gait for people living with Parkinson’s. It uses visual and auditory cues to overcome freezing of gait.

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