Comparing two coaching systems for improving physical activity of older adults

Heidi Similä, Juho H. Merilahti, Mari Ylikauppila, Salla Muuraiskangas, Jukka Perälä, Sauli Kivikunnas

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Abstract

Physical activity can prevent diseases and disablement in older adults. Two touch-screen based coaching systems developed for motivating older adults to increase their physical activity are presented. The systems had similar content, but they utilized a) text-based and b) animated virtual coach approaches to interact with the user. Both systems included health related tips and information, questionnaires, physical activity prompts and video guided exercises. Integrated sensors enabled self-monitoring of physical activities and health related parameters. Preliminary experiences of a short intervention study with four older users highlighted some important issues for the future work and the most advantageous features from both systems should be taken into account. Specifically the content of the activities and messages, and the visualization of the self-monitoring items were emphasized. Further studies are required to evaluate whether the proposed systems would actually increase physical activity of a person and the costs effects they pose.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013
EditorsL.M. Roa Romero
PublisherSpringer
Pages1197-1200
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-00846-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-00845-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event13th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013, MEDICON 2013 - Seville, Spain
Duration: 25 Sep 201328 Sep 2013

Publication series

SeriesIFMBE Proceedings
Volume41
ISSN1680-0737

Conference

Conference13th Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013, MEDICON 2013
Abbreviated titleMEDICON 2013
CountrySpain
CitySeville
Period25/09/1328/09/13

Keywords

  • Motivation
  • physical exercising
  • virtual coach
  • self-monitoring

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    Similä, H., Merilahti, J. H., Ylikauppila, M., Muuraiskangas, S., Perälä, J., & Kivikunnas, S. (2013). Comparing two coaching systems for improving physical activity of older adults. In L. M. Roa Romero (Ed.), XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013 (pp. 1197-1200). Springer. IFMBE Proceedings, Vol.. 41 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-00846-2_296