Motivating Older Adults to Exercise at Home: Suitability of a Humanoid Robot

Esther Ruf, Stephanie Lehmann, Sabina Misoch

Abstract

Regular physical activity is a central protective factor for health. The promotion of physical activity is an important issue, especially for ageing societies, to achieve benefits of health and independence in old age. However, motivation for physical activity decreases with age. Due to staff shortages and high cost of personal exercise trainers, older adults living at home cannot be permanently motivated and instructed by health personnel to engage in physical activity. Several studies investigated the use of a humanoid robot as an exercise coach for older adults in nursing homes and laboratories, promising great potential. This explorative user study investigated whether a robot is a practical solution for older adults living in their own home and can motivate for regular physical activity in everyday life. Seven older adults participated in the study. In the study period of 12-14 weeks, they completed three different training conditions (instructions by a robot, a video instruction, and written instructions). Results showed that participants accepted and appreciated the robot, but most participants would not recommend the robot, mainly because several technical and other problems occurred. The present study showed that this humanoid robot is not suitable for autonomous exercise training for older adults at home.

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Ruf E., Lehmann S. and Misoch S. (2020). Motivating Older Adults to Exercise at Home: Suitability of a Humanoid Robot.In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AWE, ISBN 978-989-758-420-6, pages 113-120. DOI: 10.5220/0009341001130120


in Bibtex Style

@conference{ict4awe20,
author={Esther Ruf and Stephanie Lehmann and Sabina Misoch},
title={Motivating Older Adults to Exercise at Home: Suitability of a Humanoid Robot},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AWE,},
year={2020},
pages={113-120},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009341001130120},
isbn={978-989-758-420-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AWE,
TI - Motivating Older Adults to Exercise at Home: Suitability of a Humanoid Robot
SN - 978-989-758-420-6
AU - Ruf E.
AU - Lehmann S.
AU - Misoch S.
PY - 2020
SP - 113
EP - 120
DO - 10.5220/0009341001130120