Winter 2016: ENGAGEENGAGE motivates frail adults to keep moving by getting the whole family involved.
Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, Chicago Medicine
Louise Hawkley, NORC
Roscoe Nicholson, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
Pete Wendel, Founder, The Difference Collaborative
What’s the EngAGE team trying to solve?
Maintaining a structured therapy program long-term is a mainstay of treatment for older adults to prolonging their healthy lifespan. It is also one of the most difficult to implement but possible with the proper guidance and prompting. “Now that therapy is over, how can we keep my mom exercising?” ENGAGE is a product concept that emerged from real life issues faced by older patients, their families, and their physicians every day.
How does the App Challenge help with this great idea?
IT Services staff Alex Clark and Cornelia Bailey took the EngAGE web MVP from the 2016 app challenge, and prepared it for a second round of participatory testing with elderly users later in 2017. This included updating the site according to best practices for elders, discussing the possibilities of an Alexa integration, and making sure a minimum of 2-way communication is possible from the site.
Dr. Huisingh-Scheetz presented the work at the April 2017 Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Grand Round and at the 2017 Innovation Fest Kickoff.