Exergames for Older Adults

Wendy Rogers, Tracy Mitzner
Elena Marinelli, Grace Cha

Exergames -- video games played by engaging in physical activity -- could help older adults become more physically active. However, most exergames on the market are not developed with consideration of older adult users' physical and cognitive abilities. Our current study is evaluating the usability of commercially available exergames for this population by testing two exergames for Microsoft Xbox 360 with Kinect with participants aged 60 to 79. These findings will be leveraged to develop guidelines for designing a tutorial to teach older adults to use exergames.