An interactive videogame for arm and hand exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease: a randomized controlled trial


Source: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders

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Date of publication: 15th May 2017

Publication type: Journal article

In a nutshell: People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have difficulty performing upper extremity (UE) activities. The aim of this study was to investigate if exergames targeting the UE improve arm and hand activities and impairments and to establish the acceptability and feasibility of these games in people with PD.

Length of publication: 7 pages

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Video games for senior citizens to prevent falls


Source: Trustech: the North West NHS innovation service

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Date of publication: January 2016

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: An innovation from Trafford Hospitals (CMFT) and the University of Manchester will help to reduce the number of falls in the older population. Exergames utilises Microsoft Kinect gaming technology to help improve strength, co-ordination and movement of its target users; elderly people at risk from falls.

Length of publication: 1 page

Coming soon: Tetris, Word Scramble and Pacman for falls prevention?


Source: ProFaNE website

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Date of publication: May 2014

Publication type: News item

In a nutshell: Interactive gaming in falls prevention is currently a hot topic, using exercise programs for balance training. Results from pilot trials show that step training can be done at home to improve certain key physical and mental parameters of fall risk in older people. But the team have are trying to develop new step training games modified from classic games such as Tetris, Pacman, Word Scramble, Bejewelled, Pong and Space Invaders – games traditionally played sitting down with hands. The next phase is to conduct an RCT over the next three years to determine the effects of such a program.

Length of publication: 1 page