DanceAlong: Supporting positive social exchange and exercise for the elderly through dance

Pedram Keyani*, Gary Hsieh, Bilge Mutlu, Matthew Easterday, Jodi Forlizzi

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Abstract

The elderly face serious social, environmental, and physical constraints that impact their well-being. Some of the most serious of these are shrinking social connections, limitations in building new relationships, and diminished health. To address these issues, we have designed an augmented dancing environment that allows elders to select dance sequences from well-known movies and dance along with them. The goal of DanceAlong is twofold: (1) to provide entertainment and exercise for each individual user and (2) to promote social engagement within the group. We deployed DanceAlong in a cultural celebration at a senior community center and conducted evaluations. In this paper, we present the design process of DanceAlong, evaluations of DanceAlong, and design guidelines for creating similar interactive systems for the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI'05 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'05
Pages1541-1544
Number of pages4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Apr 2 2005Apr 7 2005

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period4/2/054/7/05

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Dance
  • Elderly
  • Elders
  • Exercise
  • Interaction design
  • User centered design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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