Immersive Technology and the Elderly: A Mini-Review


Shelton B. E. , Uz C.

GERONTOLOGY, vol.61, no.2, pp.175-185, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 61 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1159/000365754
  • Title of Journal : GERONTOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.175-185

Abstract

Technologies that provide immersive experiences continue to become more ubiquitous across all age groups.This paper presents a review of the literature to provide a snapshot of the current state of research involving the use of immersive technologies and the elderly. A narrative literature review was conducted using the ScienceDirect, EBSCOhost, Springerlink and ERIC databases to summarize primary studies from which conclusions were drawn into a holistic interpretation. The majority of the studies examined the effect of immersive technologies on elder peoples' age-related declines, including sensory and motor changes (vision, hearing, motor skills), cognitive changes and social changes. Various immersive technologies have been described and tested to address these age-related changes, and have been categorized as 'games and simulations', 'robotics' and 'social technologies'. In most cases, promising results were found for immersive technologies to challenge age-related declines, especially through the increase of morale. (C) 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel