Does digital gaming enable healthy aging for community-dwelling people with dementia?

Cutler, C, Hicks, B and Innes, A 2016, 'Does digital gaming enable healthy aging for community-dwelling people with dementia?' , Games and Culture, 11 (1-2) , pp. 104-129.

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Abstract

This article critically explores the benefits of commercial digital gaming technology for healthy aging of people with dementia. Research with community-dwelling people with dementia has highlighted the need for enhanced access to nonpharmacological interventions to support social engagement. Commercially available technologies offer a means to engage people with dementia. This article expands on this body of knowledge by assessing the benefits of digital gaming on healthy aging for community-dwelling people with dementia who have participated in a series of Tech Clubs using Apple iPads, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS. Findings from this study demonstrates that use of digital gaming technologies promotes lifelong learning; optimization of mental, physical, and social stimulation; and independence, all of which promote the agenda of healthy aging.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Games and Culture
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1555-4120
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Funders: Bournemouth Council, Age UK Dorchester
Depositing User: A Innes
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 09:50
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 09:50
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42791

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