The Use of Virtual Reality Applications in Stroke Rehabilitation for Older Adults: Technology Enhanced Relearning

Peter Mozelius, Awais Ahmad, Karin Ahlin

Abstract

After stroke rehabilitation is a long-term relearning process that can be divided into cognitive relearning, speech relearning and motoric relearning. Today with an aging population it it interesting to look at technology enhanced and game-based solutions that can facilitate independent living for older adults. The aim of the study was to identify and categorise recently conducted research in the field of virtual reality applications for older adults' relearning after stroke. This study was conducted as a systematic literature review with results categorised in a pre-defined framework. Findings indicate that virtual reality-based stroke rehabilitation is an emerging field that can renew after stroke rehabilitation. Most found studies were on stroke patients' motoric and game-based relearning, and with less studies on speech rehabilitation. The conclusion is that virtual reality systems should not replace the existing stroke rehabilitation, but rather to have the idea of combining and extending the traditional relearning process where human-to-human interaction is essential. Finally, there are no virtual reality applications that can fit all stroke patients' needs, but a thoughtful selection of exercises that matches each individual user would have a potential to enhance the current relearning therapy for older adults after stroke.

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Mozelius P., Ahmad A. and Ahlin K. (2020). The Use of Virtual Reality Applications in Stroke Rehabilitation for Older Adults: Technology Enhanced Relearning.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 145-155. DOI: 10.5220/0009354201450155


in Bibtex Style

@conference{ict4awe20,
author={Peter Mozelius and Awais Ahmad and Karin Ahlin},
title={The Use of Virtual Reality Applications in Stroke Rehabilitation for Older Adults: Technology Enhanced Relearning},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health - Volume 1: ICT4AWE,},
year={2020},
pages={145-155},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0009354201450155},
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 - The Use of Virtual Reality Applications in Stroke Rehabilitation for Older Adults: Technology Enhanced Relearning
SN - 978-989-758-420-6
AU - Mozelius P.
AU - Ahmad A.
AU - Ahlin K.
PY - 2020
SP - 145
EP - 155
DO - 10.5220/0009354201450155