Publication: Full-Body Motion-Based Game Interaction for Older Adults

Older adults in nursing homes often lead sedentary lifestyles, which reduces their life expectancy. Full-body motion-control games provide an opportunity for these adults to remain active and engaged; these games are not designed with age-related impairments in mind, which prevents the games from being leveraged to increase the activity levels of older adults. In this paper, we present two studies aimed at developing game design guidelines for full-body motion controls for older adults experiencing age-related changes and impairments. Our studies also demonstrate how full-body motion-control games can accommodate a variety of user abilities, have a positive effect on mood and, by extension, the emotional well-being of older adults. Based on our studies, we present seven guidelines for the design of full-body interaction in games. The guidelines are designed to foster safe physical activity among older adults, thereby increasing their quality of life.

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Kathrin Gerling
University of Lincoln
Ian Livingston
Electronic Arts
Lennart Nacke
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Saskatchewan
Regan Mandryk
University of Saskatchewan

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Gaming for Fitness
Approximately one in two adults in industrialized countries are physically inactive. This lifestyle contributes to dramatically increasing rates of obesity.

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Gerling, K.M., Livingston, I.J., Nacke, L.E., Mandryk, R.L. 2012. Full-Body Motion-Based Game Interaction for Older Adults. In CHI '12: Proceedings of the 30th international conference on Human factors in computing systems, Austin, Texas, USA. 1873-1882.

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@inproceedings {255-p1873-gerling,
author= {Kathrin Gerling and Ian Livingston and Lennart Nacke and Regan Mandryk},
title= {Full-Body Motion-Based Game Interaction for Older Adults},
booktitle= {CHI '12: Proceedings of the 30th international conference on Human factors in computing systems},
year= {2012},
address= {Austin, Texas, USA},
pages= {1873-1882}
}