A Groundbreaking Technology in Virtual Rehabilitation to Improve Falls in Older People

  • Marlene Goncalves Da Silva
  • Sergio Albiol-Pérez
  • Javier López Lombano
  • Sonsoles Valdivia Salas
  • Sandra Cano
  • Erika Giselle Gutierrez
  • Nancy Jacho-Guanoluisa
  • Cesar A. Collazos
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 746)


Falls are a common alteration in older community dwellers and represent a serious problem for these dwellers. With a high incidence in this type of population and high medical costs to treat them, the traditional sessions need to enrich with low-cost alternatives. Virtual Rehabilitation is a novel research area that provides playful, motivating and customizable environments that are very useful for therapeutic sessions. The sit-to-stand movement is a typical exercise that can reduce fear of falls and lessen fall risks, for this, we have created a groundbreaking technologic system that follows the rules of this exercise. The Neuro Balance (NBAL) system is an accessible tool to support rehabilitation of older people with fall histories. In this study, we have tested NBAL with a user satisfaction questionnaire to analyze the acceptance of our tool. The results showed that NBAL is a satisfactory tool to be tested on neurological patients in a near future.


Virtual Rehabilitation Accessibility Lower limb disorders Satisfaction Human computer interaction 



The authors would like to acknowledge the students for the participation and testing the study. This contribution was funded by the Gobierno de Aragón, Departamento de Industria e Innovación, y Fondo Social Europeo “Construyendo Europa desde Aragón”.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marlene Goncalves Da Silva
    • 1
  • Sergio Albiol-Pérez
    • 2
  • Javier López Lombano
    • 1
  • Sonsoles Valdivia Salas
    • 2
  • Sandra Cano
    • 3
  • Erika Giselle Gutierrez
    • 4
  • Nancy Jacho-Guanoluisa
    • 5
  • Cesar A. Collazos
    • 6
    • 7
  1. 1.Departamento de Computación y Tecnología de InformaciónUniversidad Simón BolívarCaracasVenezuela
  2. 2.Aragón Health Research Institute (IIS Aragón)Universidad de ZaragozaTeruelSpain
  3. 3.LIDIS GroupUniversity of San BuenaventuraCaliColombia
  4. 4.Pontificia Universidad JaverianaCaliColombia
  5. 5.Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPESangolquíEcuador
  6. 6.Universidad del CaucaPopayánColombia
  7. 7.King Abdulaziz UniversityJeddahSaudi Arabia

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