The Potential for Technology to Enhance Physical Activity Among Older People

  • Beatrix Vereijken
  • Jorunn L. Helbostad


The development and use of technology is a defining characteristic of humans. Technology has taken over heavy physical work but also made our spare time more sedentary, spent watching television, surfing the net, or using smartphones. This growing inactivity is worrying, also regarding older people. An active lifestyle is an important contributor to keeping older adults healthy and independent for as long as possible. Can we turn around this development and use technology to enhance physical activity in older people instead? In this chapter, we take a look at the evidence of the potential for technology to enhance physical activity among older people and the promises as well as the challenges related to this. In addition, we present implications for practice and highlight future directions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatrix Vereijken
    • 1
  • Jorunn L. Helbostad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neuromedicine and Movement ScienceNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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