Healthy and active aging

...is possible using virtual movement games

  • Cognitive improvement and less depressive symptoms after virtual exergaming
  • Better results with commercial video games
  • Suitable for all elderly, regardless of underlying diseases

Playing active video games in a virtual setting improves the mental skills and wellbeing of older adults (whether they have medical issues or not). Commercial virtual reality (VR) exergames lead to a more substantial decrease in depressive feeling than games using VR equipment that are specially designed for research purposes. This is concluded by Taiwanese researchers who combined and analysed data from 1,023 exergaming older adults (age 60 years or above) from 18 randomised effect studies. They view commercial videogames as an innovative, interesting, active, and cost-effective means to provide stimulation for the mental wellbeing of elderly people.


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