Dr Stuart Smith is an NHMRC Career Development Award-Industry researcher with a particular interest in the application of technologies such as video games and the internet for home-based monitoring of health.
“Video game solutions are a new way to engage older adults in balance-improving exercise,” he says. “Exercise is one of the cheapest falls prevention solutions available.”
Since “Falls are the leading cause of injury related deaths and hospitalisation in older adults “ Dr Stuart Smith worked on a modified version of the popular “Dance Dance Revolution” video game, featuring a special dance mat, which is already paving the way for possible joint ventures between the video game development industry and medical researchers.
Patients used the dance mat and are guided through a series of steps on a video screen with music to train them to regain or improve their balance. The purpose of this project is to cut the number of falls injuries and fatal accidents suffered by older people.
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