Ageing playfully: advancing research on games for older adults beyond accessibility and health benefits

Gerling, Kathrin and De Schutter, Bob and Brown, Julie and Allaire, Jason (2015) Ageing playfully: advancing research on games for older adults beyond accessibility and health benefits. In: ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY), 5-7 October 2015, London.

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Abstract

Games for older adults have previously been explored with a focus on improving older adults’ well-being by fostering social interaction, and providing cognitive and physical stimulation, suggesting that they are a means of encouraging older adults to better themselves and introducing an overly functionalist perspective on play. In this workshop, we aim to shift perspectives on games for older adults on hedonic aspects that extend beyond benefits they provide. We will explore challenges and opportunities in the design and development of games for older adults that primarily focus on entertainment to create empowering and engaging experiences, and we will explore how to consolidate efforts that aim to deliver benefits of games with a purpose beyond entertainment to older adults.

Keywords:Computer games, Human-computer interaction
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:18323
Deposited On:07 Aug 2015 10:02

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