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Can Digital Games Help Seniors Improve Their Quality of Life?

  • Louise SauvéEmail author
  • Lise Renaud
  • David Kaufman
  • Emmanuel Duplàa
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 739)

Abstract

This developmental research study aimed to design, implement and evaluate an online educational game to improve the quality of life for seniors aged 55 years and older. The game Live Well, Live Healthy! (cvje2.savie.ca) is a Bingo game in which the learning content in the study is integrated into the mechanism of the game. A “pre-test/post-test” single group methodology measured the impact of the game on three dimensions of quality of life: psychological, physical, and social. A total of 56 seniors played for a week in multiplayer mode involving real-time interaction with at least two other participants. The results indicated that the educational game improved the seniors’ perception of a majority of the variables concerning the three dimensions: physical (fatigue, sleep, eating habits); social well-being (building ties, social connectedness, friendships) and psychological well-being (depression, difficulty doing activities, mood and feeling of being loved). Some variables (sadness, isolation, proximity to family and physical habits) generated a weak perception of positive benefits for these seniors.

Keywords

Online games Seniors Benefits Quality of life 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the research assistants involved with this study: Samuel Venière for recruitment and data collection in the field, Aurélie Faticati for the literature review and Gustavo Adolfo Angulo Mendoza for the statistical analysis of the data of the study.

We also thank the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the AGE-WELL NCE Inc., a member of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program, for their financial support of this research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise Sauvé
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lise Renaud
    • 2
  • David Kaufman
    • 3
  • Emmanuel Duplàa
    • 4
  1. 1.Département ÉducationTélé-Université/SAVIEQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Faculté de CommunicationUQAMMontréalCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  4. 4.Faculty of EducationUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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