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Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 21:33:51 +0000
From: "Gordon, Christine"
Subject: Special seminar - Mon 12/14 @ 12: Designing Persuasive Fitness Applications - 177 Huntington, 9th Floor

Hello everyone,
We'd like to invite you and your colleagues to join us on Monday, 12/14 at 12:00 PM in conference room 905 at 177 Huntington Ave for a special presentation:

Designing Persuasive Fitness Applications for the Independent-Living Older Adults
Monday, December 14th - 12:00 PM
177 Huntington Avenue, 9th floor conference room
Please respond if you need access to the building!

Abstract
Regular physical activity can substantially improve the physical well-being of older adults, preventing several chronic diseases and increasing cognitive performance and mood. However, research has shown that older adults are the most sedentary segment of society, spending much of their time seated or inactive. A variety of barriers make it difficult for older adults to maintain an active lifestyle, including logistical difficulties in going to a gym (for some adults, leaving home can be challenging), reduced functional abilities, and lack of motivation. This talk will focus on the IT-mediated solutions that can enable older adults at home to exercise in a social context.

About the speaker:
Iman Khaghani Far is a computer science PhD student at the University of Trento and visiting scholar at Northeastern University. He is a member of life- participation group in which they research IT- mediated technologies that enable older adults to live healthier. Khaghani Far's research interests are persuasive strategies for physical training and aging in place.