Using Digital Games to Enhance Older Adults' Cognitive Skills and Social Lives
Abstract: : This project investigates the use of digital games to enhance seniors’ quality of life. By digital games we mean games played face-to-face or online on a computer, handheld device, or videogame machine. Our research questions are: (1) Can seniors’ cognitive and social lives be enhanced by playing digital games? (2) What are key implementation factors when seniors play digital games? Technology-based games promise many benefits to seniors but research evidence is sparse about whether and how these can be realized. Our project will investigate the effective use of digital games to enhance seniors’ cognitive and social capacities and quality of life as they age. This four-year project will investigate relationships among personal characteristics, gameplay process variables and outcomes, as well as studying the implementation factors. Both quantitative and qualitative methods will be used.