Ben Wilkins

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Ben Wilkins

Games creating behaviour change for older adults' physical activity

Fellowship

Focus

Creating physical activity behaviour changes among older adults by introducing games

Fellowship year

2020

Locality

London

Biography

I am CEO of Good Boost, a social enterprise with a mission to create solutions for improving musculoskeletal (MSK) outcomes and community MSK health services. I am also a MSK Clinical Champion Versus Arthritis. My Fellowship focuses on the issue of MSK conditions and their impact on older adults. Musculoskeletal conditions are the primary cause of disability, the primary reason for older adults entering prematurely into care facilities and the primary cause of accidental mortality in over-65s (falls fractures). Published research highlights the benefits of exercise and rehabilitation for treating, managing and preventing MSK conditions in older adults. However, regardless of the weight of evidence promoting the clinical and cost benefits of exercise for older adults, people over the age of 55 continue to be the most inactive population in the UK. The purpose of my Fellowship is to gather the collective learning and state of knowledge on the role of gamification to create the motivation and behaviour change in older adults to be more active. This learning will be collated into a step-by-step guide for any person or any organisation designing exercise services and activities for older adults.

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