The development of a novel, low-cost intervention games system designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing in older adults

CARDI Involvement
CARDI grant programme

Researchers: 

  • Professor Fiona Newell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Stuart Ferguson, Queen's University Belfast

Region

  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland

Project Lead

Dr Cathy Craig, Queen’s University Belfast

Budget

€40,000

Funding source

CARDI - Call 3

Timeframe

2010 / 2012 -

Status

Completed

Last updated

26th September 2013
Barriers to healthy ageing include declines in both physical and mental processes (e.g. postural control and cognition). As these processes are inter-connected, this project seeks to develop intervention programmes that train the body and the mind at the same time and are adapted to the needs of older people. 

Older adults who are prone to falls may suffer from a faulty sensory integration system that cannot be improved by balance training alone. For this reason the intervention programmes will use multi-sensory input (vision, sound and touch) that will require sensory integration in the brain.

The objectives of the project are to design and test computer games using low-cost technology (Nintendo Wii) to enable older people to master in a fun way new skills that will improve physical and mental well-being.

Read the full report here.

Read the CARDI research brief here.