That’s a Wrap! Road Worlds for Seniors 2019 Comes to a Celebratory End
After 4 weeks, 7 countries, 194 teams, and more than 4,300 participants, Road Worlds for Seniors 2019 has come to an end, but only after our cyclists pedaled an impressive 108,412km!
In the end, Oslo, Furuset seniorsenter in Norway rode into first place with a total 10,511km travelled. Bruyere Village in Ottawa, Ontario finished in a strong second.
Read the full story to see the list of top 100 finishers!
WATCH: Motiview in Action at Courtyard on Eagleson
Last month during the 2019 Road Worlds for Seniors Championships, the Motitech crew stopped by The Courtyards on Eagleson to see the residents in action!
With the Motiview technology up on the SMART TV and residents decked out in their Road Worlds gear, the room was alive with music, singing, and reminiscing. Many residents had family there to support their efforts in accumulating mileage for the competition.
Click below to watch the full video.
Road Worlds for Seniors 2019 Coming up Soon!
The Road Worlds for Seniors is a global cycling competition hosted by Motitech that creates friendly competition against long term care homes and the individual residents, to see who can travel the most kilometers over a six week period.
It’s a competition, but most importantly it encourages physical activity and social engagement in seniors and adults living with dementia.
Last year, 2,500 participants signed up from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, United
Kingdom and Canada. This year, we’re aiming even higher and have a goal of 7,000 participants from even more countries.
The Village Langley Profiled in National Post
Here at Motitech, we’re introducing technology that allows residents of long-term care homes to participate in social activities and become or be more active – which has a host of benefits for seniors as well as adults living with dementia. The Village Langley, in British Columbia, understands the benefits of autonomy and has created an entire residency designed specifically to optimize the life and lifestyle of the residents who live there.
Set on seven-acres, The Village Langley features six 7,000-square-foot cottages painted in bright colours, winding walkways, flowerbeds, a barn, and a community centre that will host a grocery store, café bistro, salon and activity spaces.
The Village Langley is on the forefront of a new movement, changing the way people living with dementia are cared for: moving from an institutionalized model, to one that encourages autonomy and social engagement.
Top 3 Benefits of Exercise for Seniors
Countless studies have shown that exercise is good for us: as children, as adults, and especially as seniors. From physical benefits to mental health and preventative measures, here are some of the top ways physical activity can be a benefit to seniors.
1. Disease Prevention
Maintaining regular physical activity can help prevent many common diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes. Even light exercise such as walking or cycling can show benefits, and includes benefits to cognitive function as well, suggesting a lower risk of dementia for adults who are active.
Endless Travels with Motiview
Have you ever wanted to take a road trip down the famed Highway 1 in California, or walk along the boardwalk in Singapore? Or maybe you grew up in London but haven’t been back in years, and wish you could see the old coffee shop you loved so much.
With Motiview, it’s all possible!
Motiview has a database of more than 1,700 videos cyclists can choose from, giving them an endless variety of landscapes and cityscapes to pedal along to, no matter which part of the world they wish to explore that particular day.
Motitech Brings Positive Impact to AXA
The Sunday Times recently reported on the positive impact Motitech’s technology is having in care homes, like AXA, around the world. Everyone from the residents themselves, like Jean, to the care workers, to family, and to Eugene Farell, Mental Health Lead at AXA has noticed an improvement since the videos have come into the home.
Watch the video to see Jean navigate the streets of Italy, and how the Motitech Technology is helping her and others beat dementia with exercise.
Motiview For Preventative Care
Motiview technology allows users - typically, seniors and adults living with dementia - to cycle down memory lane, providing videos and soundtracks to accompany their exercise. The videos of familiar cities and locations have a number of benefits for residents in long-term care homes, including improved memory and faster rehabilitation following an injury or surgery.
Rehabilitation, however, isn’t the only way Motiview can help. The technology has also been used in preventative care. Here are some ways Motiview can make a difference early on.
A Royal Ride Down Memory Lane
In February of 2018, at an event in Norway highlighting innovative start-up companies, Motiview was put to the test by none other than Prince William himself.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on their first official visit to Norway when they stopped by the innovation fair. As Prince William began pedalling, it was soon clear they were in familiar territory, cycling through the streets of St. Andrews.
“You’re bringing us down memory lane,” the Duchess said.
From Academia to Industry: A Q&A With Motitech Canada Director of Market Development, Dan McEwen
We sat down with Dan McEwen, Director of Market Development, to talk about his experience working with Motitech after earning a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Ottawa.
2018 Road Worlds for Seniors International Champion Norman Côté Wins Bruyère Village Intramurals Cycling Championships
Although he was an athlete all his life, Norman Côté uses Motiview to stay motivated to be active and committed to his cycling sessions, and as a result he was able to push hard at the finish line to capture the title of Men’s Champion for the Road Worlds for Seniors Championship in 2018.
Our Motiview solution encourages older adults to increase physical activity through the power of reminiscence. We have seen incredible commitment from our cyclists as Motiview turns “older adults and those living with dementia into dedicated athletes”.
Norman added to his medal collection last weekend at Bruyère Village in Ottawa, Ontario, after winning the men’s category of their Intramurals Cycling Championships.
Gear up and get ready, Road Worlds for Seniors is back!
It’s almost that time of year again - Motitech is getting ready to host the international Road Worlds for Seniors competition in September!
Ready to participate in Road Worlds for Seniors?
Motiview has improved the quality of life for many seniors and adults with dementia living in long term care and seniors centres. Many experience benefits to their overall quality of life and eagerly cycle on a regular basis. The Road Worlds for Seniors competition adds an additional level of fun, motivation, and some friendly competition to it!
Why Motiview? The Real Benefits
If you work or have a relative in a long-term care facility in Ottawa, then you’ve probably heard rumblings of Motitech and our product, Motiview. While at its core Motiview may seem like just another activity, it’s much more than just a way to keep loved ones occupied while they’re in care homes.
In fact, Motiview provides a host of benefits to seniors and adults living with dementia, many of them immediate. Here are a few benefits to watch for when Motiview enters care facilities.