HCC 741: Assistive Technology and Accessibility

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Senior designers: empowering seniors to design enjoyable falls rehabilitation tools

3 Comments

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Summary: Kena Jackson

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Author: amyhurst

Assistant Professor at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in Human-Centered Computing and Assistive Technology

3 thoughts on “Senior designers: empowering seniors to design enjoyable falls rehabilitation tools

  1. In light of the paper’s comment that exercises for falls require the use of the chair and that Wii Fit and Microsoft Kinect did not have any games requiring the participant to sit, can a game be devised that uses Wii Fit or Kinect type feedback systems.

  2. I think it would be interesting to have “arcade-style” walkers or chairs that could affix a tablet or iPad to it so that rehabilitation had an “on-the-go” feeling, allowing them to exercise whenever they felt like it. I think having to play these games at their TVs at home, for example, would become part of the redundant routine that many seniors complained about.

  3. With more baby boomers who have retired from “techie” jobs such as software developers and program managers, will the future of participatory design with older adults have them coding their own systems as well?

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