A4 Article in conference proceedings
Impact of serious games on health and well-being of elderly: a systematic review




List of Authors: Hai Nguyen, Diana Ishmatova, Tommi Tapanainen, Tapani N. Liukkonen, Niina Katajapuu, Tuomas Makila, Mika Luimula
Publication year: 2017
Book title *: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2017 (HICSS-50)
ISBN: 978-0-9981331-0-2

Abstract

Besides their entertainment value, serious games can have beneficial therapeutic effects for elderly people that improve their health and well-being. Games are likely to be accepted by those elderly persons who have enjoyed games their lives, and because there are more and more of such elderly, it is important to investigate games as a therapeutic device. This research reviewed the literature focusing on the effects of games on elderly persons in three main types of effects: physical, cognitive, and social effects. The majority of reviewed papers focused on physical and cognitive effects, and were published in recent years, which emphasizes the relative novelty of this topic and suggests that future research will need to address social impact as well. In addition, while many papers claimed positive impacts as a result of using games, our review found that more attention should be given to research designs.


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