Designing and Introducing an Activity Motivating Mobile Web App Platform for Seniors

  • Christian LinsEmail author
  • Melina Frenken
  • Luca Halder
  • Andreas Hein
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In this paper, we present results from the VERA project regarding design, usability, and motivation for long-term usage of a mobile web app platform that encourages physical and mental activity. The system is designed for elderly inhabitants of senior residences to motivate them to increase their physical and mental activity in everyday life. Activities can be logged in five different categories: everyday activities, endurance, strength, mental, and special activities. The data of a residential home and an assisted living facility and a total of 29 users were analyzed. The results show insight view about the usage and suggest that accompanying help can improve the long-term sustainability of the motivating effect.


Motivation Aged people Tablet Activity Web app Seniors 



This work was funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) within the research project VERA (grant 16SV6204). The authors would l ike to thank all participants and volunteers contributing to the VERA project.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christian Lins
    • 1
    Email author
  • Melina Frenken
    • 2
  • Luca Halder
    • 3
  • Andreas Hein
    • 4
  1. 1.OFFIS - Institute for Information TechnologyOldenburgGermany
  2. 2.Jade University of Applied SciencesOldenburgGermany
  3. 3.Bremer HeimstiftungBremenGermany
  4. 4.Carl von Ossietzky University OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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