Motion-Based Game Design for Older Adults

by Kathrin M Gerling, Ian J Livingston, Lennart E Nacke, Regan L Mandryk
Abstract:
Older adults in nursing homes often lead sedentary lifestyles, which reduces their life expectancy. Full-body motion-control games provide an opportunity for these adults to remain active and engaged; but these games are not designed with age-related impairments in mind, which prevents the games from being leveraged to increase the activity levels of older adults. In this paper, we create a gardening game specifically addressing institutionalized older adults. Additionally, we present an evaluation of the game that demonstrates how full-body motion-control games can accommodate a variety of user abilities, have a positive effect on mood and, by extension, the emotional well-being of older adults, thereby increasing their quality of life.
Reference:
Motion-Based Game Design for Older Adults (Kathrin M Gerling, Ian J Livingston, Lennart E Nacke, Regan L Mandryk), 2012.
Bibtex Entry:
@misc{gerling2012motion,
abstract = {Older adults in nursing homes often lead sedentary lifestyles, which reduces their life expectancy. Full-body motion-control games provide an opportunity for these adults to remain active and engaged; but these games are not designed with age-related impairments in mind, which prevents the games from being leveraged to increase the activity levels of older adults. In this paper, we create a gardening game specifically addressing institutionalized older adults. Additionally, we present an evaluation of the game that demonstrates how full-body motion-control games can accommodate a variety of user abilities, have a positive effect on mood and, by extension, the emotional well-being of older adults, thereby increasing their quality of life.},
address = {Montr'{e}al, QC, Canada},
author = {Gerling, Kathrin M and Livingston, Ian J and Nacke, Lennart E and Mandryk, Regan L},
journal = {Proceedings of GRAND 2012},
title = {{Motion-Based Game Design for Older Adults}},
url = {http://www.hci.usask.ca/uploads/276-GRAND-2012.pdf},
year = {2012}
}

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