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Exergame, University College Leuven Limburg

Up to 70% of long-term care facility residents fall at least once a year. Falling may cause a decrease in physical functioning and mental well-being. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of falling. However, the adherence to standard physical activity programs, which often include group exercises, is rather low, mainly because these exercises lack a motivational appeal. Therefore, alternative ways to stimulate physical activity in older persons are needed.

University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL) composed an exergame program consisting of Xbox 360 Kinect (Microsoft) games (bowling, boxing, golf, skiing, dancing, and soccer) to stimulate physical activity in older persons living in a long-term care facility. These games were selected to improve balance, strength, endurance and flexibility. Residents played these games in small groups, two times a week, for 8 weeks, under supervision. Players perceived the exergames as moderately intense, diverse and fun. Performing the exergame program led to an improvement of their working memory and flexibility. 


 

Institution: University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (UCLL), Faculty of Health and Social Work, in collaboration with long-term care facility Edouard Remy (Leuven)

 

Research group: Healthy Living

Project: Woonzorgcentrum in beweging

Address: Campus Gasthuisberg Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven

+ 32 (0)497121222

Katrien.verhoeven@ucll.be


 



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