The number of informal caregivers who are caring for family members with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is rising dramatically. These caregivers have numerous mental and physical health problems associated with the burdens of care. In this project, we are developing a digital game to increase physical activity and social connections among informal caregivers of family members with AD.
The primary goals of this project are to:
- Design and build an exergame to increase physical activity and social connections for AD caregivers using participatory design methods.
- Evaluate user experience with the exergame and the feasibility of using it to increase physical activity, exercise self-efficacy, social connections, and well-being among AD caregivers.
- Margie E. Lachman, Ph.D., Brandeis University
- Carmen Sceppa, MD, Ph.D., Northeastern University
- Andrea G. Parker, Ph.D., Northeastern University
- Elizabeth Stowell, Personal Health Informatics Ph.D. Student, Northeastern University
- Yixuan Cheung, Personal Health Informatics Ph.D. Student, Northeastern University
- Xin Lin, Psychology Ph.D. Student, Brandeis University
- Hebrew Senior Life
This material is based upon work supported by the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Roybal Center.