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Nita commented on stepWise - Skill Building One Step At A Time

Congrats, Bettina! What an awesome idea and lots of work put in to prototyping and iterating!

Love this idea and its appeal from a gaming technology perspective. The addition of some sort of gaming was suggested to me to make our Falls Check in community pharmacies idea more appealing to users. Have you had any specific feedback on the gaming aspect of your idea from potential users?

Your idea could be integrated into health check stations to reach older adults that may not have a computer or tablet in their home, for the falls risk screening part. The exercise part would be trickier in a public setting.

Hi Erin & team!

This is a great idea that appears well-researched, with an interesting and engaging user video! My mother could have benefited from this after her fall. She had a few appts. with a physio, but doesn't continue to do her balance exercises regularly. She has an iPad, which if there was an app such as this, may have motivated her to continue her exercise program. My mom is in her early 70s and not quite technology averse, but does need guidance and encouragement to use technology. Her older sister is less tech savvy and would probably have difficulty engaging with an app. The cost of a tablet or smart phone would also be prohibitive to some seniors.

Have you received user feedback from seniors that are less comfortable with technology than the testimonial you provided?

Would Medicare or private insurance reimburse for the some of the cost of such technology if it is prescribed? In Ontario, there is limited funding for medical devices and these may include a tablet if it's essential for communication in disorders such as autism, but I'm unaware of funding for seniors at risk of falls.