SAPS-RA-RP2 - Science avec et pour la société – Recherches participatives 2

Collaborative Research and Design of an Active video Game for Elderly Seniors – CORDAGES

Submission summary

With the continued increase in life expectancy, the proportion of older adults in the general population is increasing and, with it, the number of people with physical and cognitive impairments. Thus, fighting for healthy ageing, in particular by preventing age-related cognitive disorders, is a scientific and public health issue.

Exercise and, in particular, activities that combine physical and cognitive stimulation through the use of exergames are effective in this regard. Exergames, which make it possible to carry out a physical activity in played form, are benefiting from growing interest among the elderly, who represent nearly half of occasional or regular video game players.

However, the conditions that make exergams acceptable, usable, long-term engaging, and more effective than conventional interventions for improving brain and cognition in older adults remain unclear. This may be because the commercial exergames used in most research studies were not designed for and by older adults.

The CORDAGES project aims to overcome the current limitations identified in the exergames literature to design a new solution that is more acceptable, usable, attractive and efficient than the existing ones, in order to improve brain plasticity, cognitive functioning, behavioral adaptability and quality of life of the elderly.

To achieve this goal, a collaborative approach based on participatory science will be adopted, in which Research, Development and Design are closely and mutually linked. Based on the teamwork of a consortium of partners with complementary skills, this user-centric approach aims to bring together knowledge little considered by the gaming industry, thus making it possible to design -- for the first time to our knowledge -- a new exergame, for and by older users.

Project coordination

Jean Jacques Temprado (Institut des sciences du mouvement - Etienne-Jules Marey)

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.

Partner

COMETE Mobilités : Vieillissement, Pathologie, Santé
INMED Institut de Neurobiologie de la Méditerranée
Natural Pad
ISM Institut des sciences du mouvement - Etienne-Jules Marey

Help of the ANR 99,193 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: - 12 Months

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