Exercise Brainstorming @ Stanford

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from: Longevity Explorers | Saratoga Retirement Community

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Explorer Helen speaks about her participation in a recent project with a group of Stanford University engineering design division students. The theme of the students' learning project was 'New products for an aging world', and developed along the lines of finding new ways to enhance the experience of fitness and exercise for older adults.

The various student groups worked with the elder invitees and came up with the following:

  • Personal trainers making home visits to elders, and bringing exercise equipment with them. 
  • A 'Gift bag' with logo markings to reinforce the brand of the trainers.
  • Older adults evaluated the business development ideas and offered experience based advice. 
  • The ideas were along program business model lines (vs.gadgets). 
  • Fitness group meetings in clients' homes.
  • Wheelchair games - soccer, volleyball with balloons.
  • Colorful elastic bands to alert trainers to avoid weak or painful joints

The commercial success of Wii is mentioned by an Explorer member as an example of interactive exercise programs, and others speak of the  local health services committee having offered personal exercise training @ SRC via another Stanford student group.

Helen and the others enjoyed interacting with the young students, and the students learned how to develop designs for business and to interact with actual customers. All agree that there should be more opportunities for this type of collaboration in the future.




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Key words: 
exercise for seniors, personal training, range of motion