Exploring the potential of virtual worlds in engaging older people and supporting healthy ageing

Siriaraya, Panote and Ang, Chee Siang and Bobrowicz, Ania (2012) Exploring the potential of virtual worlds in engaging older people and supporting healthy ageing. . Behaviour & Information Technology None. ISSN 0144-929X. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2012.691552. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2012.691552) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

There is an increasing need to find innovative activities to help the older population maintain a healthy life. Virtual worlds, which can provide social engagement, entertainment and creativity as well as useful information and services for older people might offer a solution to this issue. Although emerging studies have begun to look into the benefits of virtual worlds in healthcare, little has been done in the context of older people. Based on semi-structured interviews and previous research on healthy aging, we identified and described in depth four areas in which virtual worlds could be useful to support older people. In general, it was found that virtual worlds could help empower older people to manage their disabilities, facilitate social engagement, provide mental stimulation and productive activities.

Item Type: Internet publication
Uncontrolled keywords: virtual worlds, older people, healthy aging, social engagement
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Digital Media
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2013 14:28 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2013 14:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/35484 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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