Bird, ML and Millar, J and Clark, BD and Whetton, SG and Smith, SA, Engaging older adults in technology to improve balance, 6th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference, 16-18 November, 2014, Sydney Australia (2014) [Conference Extract]
Background: Enjoyment is a powerful predictor of adherence to physical activity and this may be used to improve Rarticipation in physical activities and subsequently improve a range of health parameters. Technology, in the form of 'exergaming' has potential, but perceptions of use and engagement of older adults with a range of technologies is unclear. This study aims to determine the perceptions of use of technology to improve health outcomes prior to and after using an exergame. A secondary aim was to determine if there were concurrent improvements in postural balance by participating in the intervention.
Method: Twenty-four participants aged between 55 and 82 years (mean age 70 ± 6 years) volunteered to participate in focus groups to determine perceptions of use of technology to assist with physical activity. This allowed development of a targeted 5 question survey by the research team. This survey was administered pre- and post a 5 week exergame intervention. Media-lateral sway range (eyes open and closed on a force platform) were also assessed pre and post intervention. Perceived enjoyment and game scores were recorded during the intervention. Pre-post scores were analysed using students test. A balance training exergame was chosen as the intervention.
Results: Significant increased awareness that exergames can assist with physical activity were recorded (all p > 0.05). High levels of enjoyment, participation in the intervention and increasing game scores over the duration of the intervention were recorded. Trends for improvement in eyes closed media-lateral sway range were recorded (improved by 1.0cm, p = 0.09).
|Item Type:||Conference Extract|
|Keywords:||exercise balance older|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Allied health and rehabilitation science|
|Objective Group:||Provision of health and support services|
|Objective Field:||Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)|
|UTAS Author:||Bird, ML (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)|
|UTAS Author:||Millar, J (Miss Jo Millar)|
|UTAS Author:||Clark, BD (Mr Benjamin Donald Clark)|
|UTAS Author:||Whetton, SG (Dr Sue Whetton)|
|UTAS Author:||Smith, SA (Miss Sarah Smith)|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences A|
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