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Norwegian assistive technology startup Motitech, which motivates older people and people with dementia to engage in physical activity, is holding its annual month-long global cycling championship, the Road Worlds for Seniors.

Running from 7th September 2020 until 2nd October, Motitech’s annual event is held in care homes worldwide and is running for a fourth consecutive year.

Care homes from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland have taken part in the competition this year.

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Via Motiview, Motitech’s immersive video-based technology, participants are able to virtually travel and see the outside world at a time when most are unable to leave their accommodation or go outdoors for exercise.

After the postponement of major global sporting events, including The Olympics, The Euros, Wimbledon 2020 and the UCI World Championships, Motitech’s Road World for Seniors is one of the few events that’s gone ahead this year.

For the competition, residents use Motitech’s video concept, Motiview, to cycle through a choice of over 2000 locations on stationary bikes via a video projection that plays whilst the person pedals (with hands or feet, depending on mobility).

The assistive technology startup says documented health benefits include multiple accounts of residents who are now able to walk with assistance, having previously been wheelchair-bound, and a reduction in falls. This is in addition to an improved quality of life, increased confidence and more social interactions, faster rehabilitation and improved mental wellbeing, Motitech adds.

“The 2019 Road Worlds for Seniors event was a huge success, with 194 teams competing from across the globe,” commented Jan Inge Ebbesvik, President of the Road Worlds for Seniors. “We are both proud and thrilled to be one of the few sporting events going ahead this year. The fact that care homes across the world want to carry on during these uncertain times is a reflection of how dedicated our athletes are and we cannot wait to see how far and where they travel to this year.”

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