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Empowering Women in Their Late Adulthood to Be Physically Active

Student
Yongxuan Li
Course
Design Engineering MEng
Supervisor
Dr Talya Porat
Theme
This is Going to Help

Physical activity plays an important role in enhancing both physical and psychological health among older adults. However, people in their late adulthood, especially women, do not spend enough time on physical activity, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). To address this issue, a mobile app intervention that encourages older women to be more active, by also increasing their social interactions, was designed.

 — Empowering Women in Their Late Adulthood to Be Physically Active
The app can recommend nearby groups, group activities as well as health-related articles.

Maintaining and improving the health of older adults is not only beneficial to societies as a whole, but is also important for individuals’ well-being. Physical activity plays an important role in enhancing both physical and psychological health among older adults. However, people in their late adulthood, especially women, do not spend enough time on physical activity as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). To address this issue, a mobile app intervention that encourages older women to be more active, by also increasing their social interactions, was designed. The project ranges from identifying the need by performing a literature review, through eliciting users’ requirements and designing an intervention based on the literature review and identified needs. The initial results from user testing under the circumstances of Covid-19 are also presented.

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