Physiotherapists working in a nursing home in the Netherlands are searching for ways to make older people be physically active. As an activity option, they have used the Wii game system, which was found to have a positive impact on balance and endurance of the players. However, the therapists also realized that not all residents could deal with this device.
To solve this problem, the physiotherapists contacted a local manufactory of equipment, and therefore designed together virtual reality computer games that stimulate exercise called SilverFit. All movements of the player can be registered without any markers on the body of the player. The level is adapted to the player and is suitable for many wheelchair users. The games are also adapted to the age. For example, a walk through the neighbourhood, ADL-oriented games as pick-up objects from the ground and brain training like memory.
The main purpose of the SilverFit, according to the physiotherapist, is pleasure in movement.
For more information on SilverFit, go to www.silverfit.nl. Click the flag for English translation.