Still in Flow - Long-term Usage of an Activity Motivating App for Seniors


In this paper, results from the long-term usage of a mobile application (app) for seniors that encourages physical and mental activity are presented. The application was designed for elderly inhabitants of senior residences to motivate them to increase their physical and mental activity in everyday life. Usage statistics of 82 users for about two years were processed and show that the active elderly users can be clustered in two groups with either increasing or decreasing and very little constant activity. Users with decreasing activity have also shown decreasing usage errors with the app’s user interface which may indicate that they are growing out of the app. The results show insight view about the usage and suggest that the Concept of Flow can be applied here.

2016 IEEE 18th International Conference on e-Health Networking, Applications and Services (Healthcom)