ABLE: Art based therapies to encourage longevity in elderly participants

ABLE: Art based therapies to encourage longevity in elderly participants. (MIRA/Labarge Institute for Optimal Aging funded Catalyst Grant, McMaster.) Gardner is PI, with co-applicants from McMaster faculty from Health, Medical Sciences, and Computer Science). This team is co-developing (via participatory design methods) art-based rehabilitation experiences that encourage fragile seniors to better learn and maintain their physical therapy at home. In our gesture-based, biometric platform, seniors will engage in rehabilitative exercises which create an aesthetic effect—paint a digital picture, create a soundscape, or play a game with a family member or caregiver. In co-developing this affordable home care therapy platform with participants, who determine their personal health goals and aesthetic interests, ABLE aims to create sustainable rehabilitation practices that fragile seniors will embrace.