Virtual Gym Webinar
Participation in exercise programs can enhance the physical and mental health of healthy older adults, including persons with dementia. However, programs tailored for dementia clients are scarce and barriers, such as transportation and accessibility, further limit their participation. The purpose of this project is to evaluate the usability of a home Kinect-based system (entitled Virtual Gym), and to determine its effect on perceived physical and mental health of cognitively healthy older adults as well as older adults with mild dementia. Virtual Gym is developed to guide older adults through postures and movements, recognize features of their movement, and provide different types of constructive feedback and motivating rewards when movements are performed well. The study consists of three phases: (1) Piloting usability phase; (2) Piloting usability from a distance phase; (3) Effectiveness phase.