SMART NATION SEMINAR #2: PLAYFUL PREVENTION & REHABILITATON FOR ACTIVE AGIN...

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iFit Gym ( an initiative by CARE)

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20 Lengkok Baharu

#01-05 Playground, Singapore 159053

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Playful Prevention and Rehabilitation for Active Aging - Effective games for health for the elderly

Imagine a world where your play and playful creativity helps solving problems that we face in our daily lives in a globalized society. Professor Henrik Hautop Lund states that play is life, a fundamental right and ability that fosters creativity, not only for children but also for elderly citizens. With recent technology development, we become able to exploit robotics and modern artificial intelligence (AI) to create playware in the form of intelligent hardware and software that creates play and playful experiences for users of all ages. Such playware technology acts as a play force which inspires and motivates you to enter into a play dynamics, in which you forget about time and place, and simultaneously become highly creative and increase your skills - cognitive, physical, and social skills. The Playware ABC concept will allow you to develop life-changing solutions for anybody, anywhere, anytime through building bodies and brains to allow people to construct, combine and create.

As an example, the modular interactive tiles were developed as an alternative form of physical prevention and rehabilitation exercise to allow elderly to break away from monotonous treatment programs, and participate in an exercise that is fun and exciting, and therefore more motivating. The modular tiles can light up in different colors and can perceive the pressure when people press them with their hands or jump on them with their feet. Numerous games (exercises) are running on the tiles, and these games aim at providing high motivation for people to engage physically with the tiles. Therapists use the tiles to provide treatment for a large number of patients who receive hospital, municipality or home care, as well as for prevention and fitness training with elderly (e.g. balancing training as fall prevention). In Northern Europe, the modular tiles have been tested with cardiac patients, COPD patients and stroke patients in hospitals, rehab centres, elderly activity centers and in the private homes of elderly, and in rehabilitation of stroke patients in urban and rural Africa, e.g. for community-based rehabilitation. Scientific studies show that playing with the modular tiles has a large effect on the functional abilities of the elderly. The tests of effect show that training with the modular tiles provides improvements on a broad range of abilities including mobility, agility, balancing, strength and endurance. The playful training improves the abilities of the elderly in many areas of high importance for activities of daily living, in contrast to several other forms of training and exercise, which typically only improve a subpart of these abilities. It is shown that playful training can give significant effects with substantially less training sessions than what is needed with traditional training.

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iFit Gym ( an initiative by CARE)

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20 Lengkok Baharu

#01-05 Playground, Singapore 159053

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