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Accessibility and Gamification Applied to Cognitive Training and Memory Improvement

  • Ana Carol Pontes de FrancaEmail author
  • Arcângelo dos Santos Safanelli
  • Léia Mayer Eyng
  • Rodrigo Diogo Oliveira
  • Vânia Ribas Ulbricht
  • Villma Villarouco
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 918)

Abstract

The increase in people’s life expectancy, with the consequent projection of 1 billion elderly people in less than 10 years and of 2 billion people in 2050 –22% of the global population–, makes it necessary to develop assistive technologies that contribute to the permanence and the protagonism of the elderly in their social context. In parallel, it is observed that smartphones have brought an increase in the use of applications by the elderly. Considering this segment of users, it was verified the need to identify accessible applications focused on cognitive memory training, due to: (1) the progressive increase in the number of elderly people in the Brazilian population; (2) the decline of the cognitive functioning resulting from the natural process of aging; and (3) the lack of accessible and dynamic applications focused on cognitive training. In order to provide greater user engagement while performing tasks and to make the user experience more enjoyable, engaging and challenging, gamification has been employed in the design and development of applications. Based on this scenario, we sought to identify the main ideas regarding accessibility and gamification applied to cognitive training and the memory improvement of elderlies. For that, a Systematic Literature Review (SLR) was conducted, originated from the following question: “How to create an accessible gamified application for cognitive memory training of the elderly?”. The state of the art and the few previous studies revealed the importance of researches on this subject.

Keywords

Gamification Accessibility Cognitive training Elderly Memory 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Carol Pontes de Franca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Arcângelo dos Santos Safanelli
    • 2
  • Léia Mayer Eyng
    • 3
  • Rodrigo Diogo Oliveira
    • 4
  • Vânia Ribas Ulbricht
    • 3
  • Villma Villarouco
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil
  2. 2.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia de ProduçãoUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil
  3. 3.Programa de Pós-Graduação em Engenharia e Gestão do ConhecimentoUniversidade Federal de Santa CatarinaFlorianópolisBrazil
  4. 4.Universidade Federal do ParanaCuritibaBrazil

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