Motitech’s Road Worlds for Seniors is a unique championship. It allows older people and people with dementia to take part in a global sporting event - even though they might live in a long term care facility. The championship makes the cyclists become a part of something bigger; A global movement focusing on physical activity and reminiscence for people that are normally not able to part in such initiatives.
For our cyclists, the Road Worlds for Seniors is all about having that feeling of friendly competition and being part of a community, between residents, care facilities and across national borders. We want to encourage older people to compete, have fun and get active at the same time. We want to focus on the abilities instead of disabilities, and we are proud to be working with communities of like-minded people, on local, governmental, national and international levels, who share a common goal in this.
We want the Road Worlds for Seniors to create a feeling of friendly competition and community. We want to encourage older people to compete, have fun and get active at the same time. To see all the participants, the joy and enthusiasm they share with each other, makes me feel great. It's good for me to know that we can make a change. A sustainable change.
Motitech’s Road Worlds for Seniors was first launched in 2017, and has since experienced rapid growth. We've seen increased interest and participation from older people, people with dementia and their families, care home staff and activity coordinators, and from local, regional, national and international organisations.
2019 marked the most successful Road Worlds for Seniors competition to date, with the number of participants almost doubling from 2,400 in 2018 to 4,333. An impressive 108,412 km (67,364 miles) were travelled, with the 2018 record of 52347 km (32,527 miles) being surpassed in the first 16 days of the competition.
During the championship, residents use Motitech’s video concept, Motiview, to cycle through a choice of 2,000 locations on stationary bikes via a video projection that plays whilst the person pedals (with hands or feet, depending on mobility). The combination of exercise and visual stimulation increases activity levels in older people, and gives them the opportunity to revisit familiar places from their childhoods and other important points in their lives. This element is especially important for those who live with dementia, as it provokes fond memories of familiar locations, such as their home town, or favourite holiday location, sparking conversations that bring the memories back to life. Everyone who participates will be rewarded for their efforts with a custom made medal, with additional awards going to those who have cycled the furthest, and the care teams that have provided the best support and encouragement for their cyclists.
Road Worlds for Seniors engages older people in meaningful social interactions, increases the sense of social connectedness, and combats loneliness. In addition, there is a wide array of documented benefits within physical and mental health that improve wellbeing and quality of life. Road Worlds for Seniors also increase confidence and job satisfaction for staff working at facilities participating in the championship