GameUp: Exergames for mobility – a project to keep elderly active

Ellen Brox, S. Th Konstantinidis, G. Evertsen, L. Fernandez-Luque, A. Remartinez, P. Oesch, A. Civit

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Abstract

A big challenge for Europe is the demographic shift towards an aging population. Resources in the health care sector are limited, so it is important that the seniors of tomorrow will be able to stay healthy and manage themselves as long as possible, preferably also with a good quality of life. Physical activity is very important both for mobility and for the general well-being, but it can be hard to find motivation to exercise alone at home. Also in rehabilitation there is a need for a more engaging approach than a sheet of paper describing exercises that should be performed. In the GameUp project we developed fun and motivational exergames particularly targeting elderly in a user centred approach. Physiotherapists ensured that the movements and exercises were good for flexibility, leg strength and balance. In addition to seven Kinect games, a walking app and a professional portal were developed. The Kinect games can be played in several levels, and those who are at risk of falling are able to play while seated. The professional portal ensures that the results of the project also can be used as a tool in rehabilitation. Test results from 20 elderly aged 65-95 as well as clinical trials of adherence to the exercises are encouraging, and the international and multidisciplinary team behind the project is now looking for ways to commercialize the project outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXIV Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2016
EditorsEfthyvoulos Kyriacou, Stelios Christofides, Constantinos S. Pattichis
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages1219-1224
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9783319327013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Event14th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2016 - Paphos, Cyprus
Duration: 31 Mar 20162 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameIFMBE Proceedings
Volume57
ISSN (Print)1680-0737
ISSN (Electronic)1433-9277

Other

Other14th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2016
CountryCyprus
CityPaphos
Period31/3/162/4/16

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Keywords

  • Active aging
  • Elderly
  • Exergames
  • Mobility
  • Serious Games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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Brox, E., Konstantinidis, S. T., Evertsen, G., Fernandez-Luque, L., Remartinez, A., Oesch, P., & Civit, A. (2016). GameUp: Exergames for mobility – a project to keep elderly active. In E. Kyriacou, S. Christofides, & C. S. Pattichis (Eds.), XIV Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, MEDICON 2016 (pp. 1219-1224). (IFMBE Proceedings; Vol. 57). Springer Verlag.