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Exploring the Potential of Exergames to Affect the Social and Daily Life of People with Dementia and Their Caregivers

  • This paper presents the outcomes of an exploratory field study that examined the social impact of an ICT-based suite of exergames for people with dementia and their caregivers. Qualitative data was collected over a period of 8 months, during which time we studied the daily life of 14 people with dementia and their informal and professional caregivers. We focus on the experiential aspects of the system and examine its social impact when integrated into the daily routines of both people with dementia themselves and their professional and family caregivers. Our findings indicate that relatives were able to regain leisure time, whilst people with dementia were able to recapture certain aspects of their social and daily activities that might otherwise have been lost to them. Results suggest that the system enhanced social-interaction, invigorated relationships, and improved the empowerment of people with dementia and their caregivers to face daily challenges.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:David Unbehaun, Daryoush Daniel Vaziri, Konstantin Aal, Rainer Wieching, Peter Tolmie, Volker Wulf
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018, April 21-26, 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada
First Page:62
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery
Place of publication:New York, NY, USA
Date of first publication:2018/04/19
Copyright:© 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Abstracting with credit is permitted.
Keyword:adl; caregivers; dementia; exergames; quality of life; relatives; social interactions
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Verbraucherinformatik (IVI)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Entry in this database:2020/07/17