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Gaming can promote mobility, balance and coordination in the ageing population
By: Elena Bonfiglioli, Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft
07 September 2011

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Have you ever thought that gaming could make us live better and longer? Europe increasingly needs prevention and health promotion, integrated care, and independent living of elderly people. For this reason, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing is seeking out creative ways to increase the average healthy lifespan of citizens by two years. One way to achieve this is through focused investments in R&D for breakthrough technology such as natural user interfaces (NUIs)—whereby people use gesture and speech to interact with their PCs and other devices such as Kinect for Xbox 360.

Natural user interface applications like Kinect, when applied to health, can help remove mental and physical barriers to technology so that the user can experience technology in more intuitive ways. Already being used for motion rehabilitation of children battling cancer and cerebral palsy, Kinect can also help treat and prevent illness in older patients. For example, it can be used in the rehabilitation of a patient after surgery. Take a look at the video below to see how this technology can help elderly citizens lead healthy and active lives.

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