Out of their seats and onto jet skis: games get residents moving

Out of their seats and onto jet skis: games get residents moving

A Kinect for the Xbox One might be on the Christmas list for some Central Coast families, following Anglican Care’s use of the gaming technology as a way to encourage physical activity amongst its residents.

The Life in Motion program was recently recognised with a special commendation prize at SEASONS Network’s Aged Care & Disability Achievement Awards, which recognise individuals, businesses and organisations making a difference in the lives of vulnerable, frail and disabled people on the Central Coast.

The games in Life in Motion are played with the Kinect sensor, which recognises gestures and responds to them. The user is then able to virtually bowl, play carnival games or ride a jet ski.

Anglican Care’s lifestyle and wellbeing co-ordinator, Jane Meldrum, said Life in Motion is different from traditional physical activity programs used in aged care because it offers a variety of movements from both a sitting and standing position.

“Areas of improvement have included memory and concentration and the sessions have also afforded greater social interaction and engagement,” Meldrum said. “The residents who take part enjoy the fact they are exercising without actually feeling like it.”

Meldrum said the program has decreased the number of sedentary residents and participants enjoy the social interaction and have lots of laughs together.

Aged Care Insite sat down with Meldrum to find out how other provides can use gaming technology to improve social interaction and movement.

To listen to the podcast interview, click here