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Impact of Serious Games on Health and Well-being of Elderly: A Systematic Review

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Title: Impact of Serious Games on Health and Well-being of Elderly: A Systematic Review
Authors: Nguyen, Thi Thanh Hai
Ishmatova, Diana
Tapanainen, Tommi
Liukkonen, Tapani N.
Katajapuu, Niina
show 2 moreMakila, Tuomas
Luimula, Mika

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Keywords: Elderly
Serious games
Issue Date: 04 Jan 2017
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 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.
Pages/Duration: 10 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9981331-0-2
DOI: 10.24251/HICSS.2017.447
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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