Interactive surfaces at a ward for geriatric psychiatry

A lack of physical activity is a major problem for older clients with psychiatric disorders. Previous research has shown that nursing home residents could be stimulated to be more physically active by using interactive surfaces. However, it is unknown whether interactive surfaces have a similar effect on clients with psychiatric disorders. Therefore, a study will be conducted to collect responses and experiences of these clients with the interactive surfaces.

The research questions of this project are:

- What are the physical, verbal and nonverbal responses of older clients with psychiatric disorders to interactive surfaces?

- Which amount of time are clients interested in various kinds of interactive surfaces?

Eight clients participated in this study. After some verbal encouragement, most clients responded to the surfaces and interacted with the surfaces by moving their arms and/or legs. Various verbal and nonverbal responses of the clients were registered. Interaction time varied from less than one minute to above ten minutes.