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Motivating The Unmotivated: Older Adults and Physical Activity

Kotte, A.W (2022) Motivating The Unmotivated: Older Adults and Physical Activity.

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Abstract:Physical activity is critically important to the health and quality of life of older adults, yet there is a subset of older adults who struggle to conjure up motivation for physical activity. This group is at risk of rapidly declining physical state, loss of independence and dementia. To find out what methods and tools are available to help these people with physical activity motivation, a literature review, state-of-art analysis and expert interviews were conducted. This resulted in three distinct methods that are used to help older adults how struggle getting themselves to be physically active. Based on these three methods a concept and accompanying prototype were developed and subjected to user testing. The user testing was too low scale to produce concrete conclusions but evidence was found that the concept in its current state is not effective for older adults who have little experience interacting with technology. Other evidence suggests that for older adults familiar with technology the concept would be effective in getting these users to be more physically active. Further research into more thoroughly evaluating the concept, adapting it for dementia patients and verifying the three found methods is recommended.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:50 technical science in general, 53 electrotechnology
Programme:Creative Technology BSc (50447)
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