Microsoft alongwith the City of Los Angeles Department of Aging, Partners in Care Foundation and St. Barnabas Senior Services unveiled an innovative program called the "Exergamers Wellness Club," which combines technology with exercise, overall health monitoring and evidence-based health education from Partners in Care.
"Seniors in the program use Kinect for Xbox 360 to make exercise fun and to supplement other fitness activities such as tai chi. They use Microsoft HealthVault to manage and store their personal health information. Participants report improved fitness and well-being, which has motivated Microsoft and its partners to expand the program to all senior centers in the Department of Aging service area," Microsoft said.
"The Exergamers Wellness Club allows seniors to improve their physical, mental and social well-being by participating in friendly competition, interactive gaming and tracking their health information online," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says. Seniors who want to participate in the expanding Exergamers Wellness Club program, or who need information about other senior services in Los Angeles, should contact the Los Angeles Department of Aging.
Seniors ages 60 to 80 erupted into dance during a surprise flash mob at the announcement and were joined by others in the crowd, including St. Barnabas CEO Rigo Saborio, a St. Barnabas cafeteria worker and a Microsoft marketing manager.
"While the interactive sports and dance programs in Kinect get seniors moving, a special geriatric health-management application--integrated with HealthVault and developed by Get Real Consulting, a global health-consulting and technology company--makes it easy for the seniors to monitor chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes and to track their progress over time," said Microsoft.
The application, powered by Get Real's InstantPHR, also enables healthcare providers, with the seniors' permission, to screen and monitor important geriatric health indicators such as diabetes, depression, memory function, vision, hearing, flexibility and strength.