Tablet-based cognitive gaming platform for seniors
As our society becomes increasingly dependent on technology, those who do not have access to it are at risk of becoming excluded, and miss out on all the ways technology provides more convenient and efficient ways of performing almost any task.
Older adults are often excluded from our digital society due to the inadequacy of modern systems. It is often the case that seniors' refusal to learn or handle technological devices stems from their lack of ability to read small fonts or comprehend complex instructions.
Besides being a valuable tool in our daily lives, technology can also play a key role in stimulating seniors’ cognitive abilities, for example, aiding the improvement of memory and attention.
CogniPlay is a tablet-based gaming platform that provides cognitive stimulation through games targeting several different areas of the cognitive domain, with its primary audience being the senior population.
This platform was created to act as a first step in senior’s experience and interaction with new technological devices. Designed for tablets, CogniPlay offers an enjoyable gaming and social experience to the user.
The platform carries multiple game modes including a single-player mode where seniors create their own personal profile, enabling them to record their game scores and achieve a top position in the leaderboards, which motivates them and allows for a healthy competitive environment.
CogniPlay has undergone extensive usability testing with older adults, having resulted in a solution that meets senior’s needs and specific characteristics, considering both their capabilities and limitations.
Through a customized interface that includes a variety of games with different difficulty levels, leaderboards and simple goals and rules, the solution is a fun and enjoyable first contact with technology.
Through the games developed for the platform, researchers created a way of training working memory, attention, spatial cognition, as well as verbal-fluency.
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