Virtual Social Gym: A Persuasive Training Platform for Independently Living Seniors

Iman Khaghani Far Francisco Ibarra Marcos Baez Fabio Casati

In this paper we introduce a system, namely Virtual Social Gym (VSG), that aims at increasing the physical and social well being of elderly people. It does so based by i) allowing elderly people at different level of capabilities to train independently from home, while still getting the feeling of training within a fitness class with the other training members, ii) exploiting social interactions and the feeling of being part of a community (a gym) as a motivational factor for performing regular training.