Old dogs can learn new tricks: Exploring effective strategies to facilitate somatosensory video games for institutionalized older veterans

I. Tsun Chiang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The purpose of the study is to explore the possibility of utilizing somatosensory video games (SVGs) to promote institutionalized older veterans to participate regular exercises in senior institutions in Taiwan. Twenty-three veterans voluntarily completed 30-minute Wii Fit Plus for 3 time/wk for 8 weeks. Participation observation and informal conversation were two major qualitative research methods to collect responses and feedback of veterans who participants SVGs, co-workers, and facilitators. Constant comparison was utilized to analyze the qualitative information with QSR Nvivo7. The results identified that immediately feedback, competition, companionship, challenges, close to grandchild and fun are reasons to attract older veterans to keep involved with SVGs. The finding showed that SVGs are viable way to attract institutionalized older veterans to participate physical activities. The study implicates that enjoyment, social interaction and flow experience are keys to develop successful SVGs sessions for institutionalized older veterans.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransactions on Edutainment VIII
Pages88-100
Number of pages13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on E-Learning and Games, Edutainment 2011 - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 2011 Sep 72011 Sep 9

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7220 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other6th International Conference on E-Learning and Games, Edutainment 2011
Country/TerritoryTaiwan
CityTaipei
Period2011/09/072011/09/09

Keywords

  • aged
  • aging
  • balance
  • Elderly
  • health promotion
  • leisure
  • physical activity
  • recreation
  • somatosensory video game
  • technology
  • Wii Fit Plus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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