Thanks to a donation from the Microsoft Corporation, AgeTech West gave away seven Xbox One Kinect Bundles and “Kinect Sports Rivals” games in a drawing at its recent annual conference in Seattle, WA. The goal is to launch a coordinated “Senior Exergames” mini-movement for wellness and socialization in senior living communities. The random winners each certified that they had sufficient equipment, space and activity staff to fully utilize the Xbox for exergaming. They also committed to participate in cross-site Kinect Bowling competitions using the integrated Skype video conferencing, and coordinate competitions, post scores, etc. on a Senior Exergames Facebook Group Page. Watch for updates about their experiences and competitions!
Xbox Winner Senior Exergames Organizations:
Eskaton, Carmichael, CA
Nikkei Concerns, Seattle, WA
The Hearthstone, Seattle, WA
Front Porch, Glendale, CA
Judson Park, Des Moines, WA
Episcopal Communities & Services, Pasadena, CA
Jewish Senior Living Group, San Francisco, CA
Thanks to a donation from the “Get Well Gamers Foundation,” AgeTech is distributing a couple dozen games to nonprofit West Coast LeadingAge members for use in older adult “exergaming” wellness programs. Nintendo Wii Games include the “Golds Gym Cardio Workout,” “Wii Fit,” “My Fitness Coach,” and “Yoga & Pilates Workouts,” and a few Microsoft Xbox 360 games include “Kinect Adventures,” Your Shape Fitness Evolved,” and “Dance Central.” More Wii and Xbox games are available depending on demand.
AgeTech has also submitted a grant proposal to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Foundation to create a “SeniorExergames.com” movement among the West Coast LeadingAge membership, in which it would distribute 50 Xbox One game consoles and games to participating providers and build a website to promote competitions among sites among other elements. Microsoft Corporation has donated $5,000 toward the purchase of Xbox game consoles.
Contact Scott Peifer at email@example.com if you are interested in one of the games listed above for your community. Please include “Exergames” in the subject line.
A social media network can offer an individual education, motivation and support. According to a new report from the eHealth Initiative, it can also help individuals with chronic diseases achieve personal goals, correct high-risk behavior and better manage their conditions, thereby reducing the burden of chronic disease on the healthcare system. However, several challenges must first be addressed. These include:
Balancing transparency and anonymity;
Concerns about privacy and HIPAA compliance;
The digital divide among elderly and minority populations; and
Authenticity of online information since content is typically user-generated
Benefits include improved access to health information and providing a new tool for communication among caregivers and family members to discuss shared experiences. The full report is available here.
AgeTech Advisory Council Member and Premier Provider Partner Kari Olson, chief innovation and technology officer at Front Porch published in American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Generations, will present in a General Session at ASA’s annual conference. Kari’s article, “Transcending Place and Transforming Aging through Online and Offline Experiences” discusses how the internet provides a vast market for services geared toward aging in place and contends that when used in combination, many fulfill the six dimensions of wellness required to thrive. Kari will present in a General Session at the Aging in America conference entitled “Technology and Quality of Older Life in the 21st Century” on Friday, March 14 together with AgeTech partner Aging2.0’s Katy Fike and Paul Tang, MD, VP and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Read Kari’s complete article here.