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dc.contributor.advisorSun, Winnie
dc.contributor.authorRahman, Farzana
dc.date.accessioned2023-08-22T15:47:18Z
dc.date.available2023-08-22T15:47:18Z
dc.date.issued2023-07-01
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10155/1647
dc.description.abstractBackground: For frail older persons with Parkinson's disease (PD) and mild dementia, Tai Chi (TC) is a popular form of exercise. However, due to accessibility issues and negative outcomes, not all movements are suitable for them. Virtual reality (VR) based seated TC (STC) exergames can alleviate these problems because of its simplicity, safety considerations, indoor application, need for less supervision, and real-time feedback capability. This pilot feasibility study aimed to evaluate the acceptability, safety, and usability of using STC exergame by frail older adults with mild dementia or PD. Methods: A mixed-methods pilot program was conducted among 7 participants with mild dementia or PD who performed the STC exergame using the Xbox 360 Kinect and "your shape fitness evolved Zen" software for 30 minutes. Results: All the participants completed both sessions with an average performance increase of 35.23% in the second session (SE:5.9, P<0.05), indicating that it is feasible to utilize STC exergame by frail older adults with mild dementia or PD. Overall, participants in this study considered STC exergame usable as they found it to be enjoyable (100%), user-friendly (75%) and they were motivated for future use (43%), as well as appreciated its potential for promoting balance and strength (85.70%). . Five major themes were identified from the pilot usability test including (1) willingness to learn new experiences; (2) user-friendly approach to engage in physical movement, relaxation, and mind concentration; (3) motivated to continue with future practice; (4) overcoming physical and technical challenges; and (5) preferences regarding format to participate in exergame. Conclusion: The study's findings provide significant insights that will help future applications of the TC exergame for individuals who are older adults with neurological disorders and cognitive impairment.en
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Ontario Institute of Technologyen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectSeated Tai Chien
dc.subjectExergameen
dc.subjectDementiaen
dc.subjectParkinson’s diseaseen
dc.subjectVirtual realityen
dc.titleThe feasibility, acceptability, and usability of seated Tai Chi exergame among frail older adult with mild dementia or Parkinson’s disease: a pilot studyen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.degree.levelMaster of Health Sciences (MHSc)en
dc.degree.disciplineCommunity, Public and Population Healthen


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