6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Assessing muscle disease related to aging using ambient videogames

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.249083,
        author={Ivan Zavala and Jesus Favela},
        title={Assessing muscle disease related to aging using ambient videogames},
        proceedings={6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2012},
        month={7},
        keywords={game design ambient videogames embodied interfaces frailty muscle fatigue dynapenia},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.249083}
    }
    
  • Ivan Zavala
    Jesus Favela
    Year: 2012
    Assessing muscle disease related to aging using ambient videogames
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2012.249083
Ivan Zavala1,*, Jesus Favela1
  • 1: CICESE
*Contact email: zalavaz1101@gmail.com

Abstract

Sarcopenia is defined as the loss of skeletal muscle mass that occurs with aging, and is recognized as a major contributing factor to disability and loss of independence in the elderly. Recent evidence shows that age-related loss of muscle strength and power (dynapenia), as well as muscle fatigue are a better predictor of disability. In this paper we describe three ambient casual games that have been designed to measure arm muscle strength and fatigue utilizing a custom-designed interaction device that provides a natural user interface for the games. The games are designed to be used frequently and for short periods of time. We conducted a formative evaluation of the games with 5 older adults to assess ease of use and their interest in playing them. We compare the results of traditional measures of muscle strength using a clinical dynamometer with those obtained using the videogame. The higher frequency with which measures can be obtained from playing the videogame can result in a more reliable and timely assessment of risks of dynapenia and frailty