IT-supported health training for senior citizens
According to medical studies, for every second person the quality of life decreases from the age of 60 onwards due first to restriction of movement and from the age of 70 onwards, due to significant mobility impairments. Other studies have shown that active mobility of older adults positively affects self-esteem, identity and above all self-reliance while at the same time promoting social participation and inclusion. The likelihood of age depression is also reduced through movement and maintenance of mobility.
The training programme "FitDaheim" (Fit at Home) should help older adults to maintain their mobility longer. The programme runs on a small computer connected to the television and can be carried out at home. A virtual trainer, so-called avatars, demonstrate movement exercises with different levels difficulty and physical demands. Sensors help to check whether the exercises are being performed correctly. The correct performance of the exercises is supported using feedback scenarios and motivational elements. Additional tips for a healthy and life-affirming lifestyle should also strengthen health awareness.
Exercise in the fresh air and at home
"FitDaheim" is a prophylactic training programme based on physiotherapy and ergotherapy. The programme is not intended to discourage seniors from exercising in the fresh air. Its goal is to provide further support and through additional training maintain mobility outside of the home for a longer time.
"Exercise in the form of walking, hiking and bicycling promotes good health, extends the average lifespan by up to eight years and reduces the risk of falls. The effects of training for maintaining flexible musculature can be detected into old age", said Kerstin Lampel, Head of the study programme Physiotherapy as well as St. Pölten UAS Project Manager for the Train & Win project, which is being developed within the context of the "FitDaheim" training programme.
In the ongoing project, St. Pölten UAS is developing and testing the avatar-based training system along with the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), WPU GmbH, the Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems of the Medical University of Vienna, the Mühlviertler Alm region and the LIFEtool Company.
Project Train & Win
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology in the framework of the “programm benefit”. Project partners are: the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), WPU GmbH, the Center for Medical Statistics, Informatics and Intelligent Systems of the Medical University of Vienna, the Mühlviertler Alm region and the LIFEtool Company.