Senior designers: empowering seniors to design enjoyable falls rehabilitation tools

Stephen Uzor, Lynne Baillie, Dawn Skelton

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Studies have shown that functional strength and balance exercises can reduce the risk of falling in older people if they are done on a regular basis. However, the repetitive nature of these exercises; as well as the use of instructional booklets and videos for rehabilitation may discourage seniors to exercise in the home, thereby rendering such an intervention ineffective. Our work proposed that the use of multimodal games -- co-designed with seniors -- could be a way of making falls rehabilitation more enjoyable; thereby improving adherence to home exercise programmes. In this paper, we first explain the process by which we identified barriers to the users' effective interaction with current home rehabilitation tools.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 ACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1015-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • senior designers
  • rehabilitation
  • falls in elderly
  • balance exercises


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