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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 157-162

Gamifying elderly care: Feasibility of a digital gaming solution for active aging


1 Imaginary srl, Milan, Italy
2 O'Joy Care Services, Singapore

Correspondence Address:
Antonio Ascolese
c/o Imaginary srl, Piazza Caiazzo, 3, 20124, Milan
Italy
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/digm.digm_43_16

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Background and Objectives: Aging society is a social health issue that digital gaming solutions can address by enabling both infrastructures as advanced environments for care and patients as active people in their aging. Cost-effective patient management may be emphasized thanks to the communication protocols that allow remote monitoring and intervention by medical professionals. Services for elderly depend on their behavior and lifestyle toward personal health management. Digital games could increase seniors' engagement and motivation. However, a few studies have looked at the acceptance of digital games by the elderly. The study here presented aims to evaluate the feasibility of a gaming rehabilitation platform. Materials and Methods: In Singapore, fifty elderly practiced 30-min sessions and evaluated their experience with a new tool based on game scenarios for rehabilitation. Results: Results are discussed in the light of Davis' Technology Acceptance Model, highlighting mainly a good perceived usefulness of the service. Conclusions: This preliminary study is encouraging the spread of digital medical games for old patients.


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