EXercising with Computers in Later Life (EXCELL): pilot and feasibility study of the acceptability of the Nintendo WiiFit in community-dwelling fallers

Marie A Williams, Roy L Soiza, Alison McE Jenkinson, Alison Stewart

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Abstract

Background
Falls management programmes have been instituted to attempt to reduce falls. This pilot study was undertaken to determine whether the Nintendo® WiiFit was a feasible and acceptable intervention in community-dwelling older fallers.

Findings
Community-dwelling fallers over 70 years were recruited and attended for computer-based exercises (n = 15) or standard care (n = 6). Balance and fear of falling were assessed at weeks 0, 4 and 12. Participants were interviewed on completion of the study to determine whether the intervention was acceptable.

Eighty percent of participants attended 75% or more of the exercise sessions. An improvement in Berg Score was seen at four weeks (p = 0.02) and in Wii Age at 12 weeks (p = 0.03) in the intervention group. There was no improvement in balance scores in the standard care group.

Conclusion
WiiFit exercise is acceptable in self-referred older people with a history of falls. The WiiFit has the potential to improve balance but further work is required.

Trial Registration
ClinicalTrials.gov - NCT01082042

Original languageEnglish
Article number238
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2010

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