As part of a rapidly aging population, residents in Long-Term Care (LTC) settings often have increasingly complex care needs, including loss of physical function and reduced cognitive stimulation. The use of Augmented Reality Interventions can increase activation and have a beneficial impact on physical functioning, cognitive functioning, levels of depression, and quality of life of residents. The goal of this project is evaluate the effectiveness of a device designed to promote increased physical activity levels of residents living at York Care Centre.
What is Augmented Reality?
This study, in collaboration with researchers from the Université de Moncton and the University of Toronto, will evaluate the effectiveness of the device, 2RaceWithMe. This device, developed by Centivizer Inc., a University of Toronto spinoff company, simulates biking at scenic sites all over the world. 2RaceWithMe consists of a pedal exerciser and a library of travel videos. The videos are displayed on a TV screen while residents use the hand and/or foot pedals to start and operate the device. Residents must keep pedaling to watch the videos and ‘travel’ around their chosen destination.
It is anticipated that use of this device will promote increased physical activity, provide residents with a pleasurable experience, and enhance cognitive stimulation. A variety of measures will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of this intervention, including physical metrics and cognitive measures.
This project is funded by the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project. The Healthy Seniors Pilot Project is a $75 million three year agreement between the Government of New Brunswick and the Public Health Agency of Canada, jointly led by the Government of New Brunswick’s Department of Social Development and the Department of Health through the Aging Secretariat.