Serious games for seniors,


Serious game: what is it?

A serious game, or "serious game" in French is a video game that combines a "serious" intention (learn, train, learn, progress in one or more areas …), with playful springs. This is a game whose goal is not only to entertain. The serious games appeared in the 18th century as part of military training (war simulation games). Serious games were then used by companies to train employees and now represent a flourishing market affecting all age groups of the population. The serious games developed for seniors are primarily intended to improve their psychic and physical abilities and thus slow down the effects of time on their health. As long as you practice them regularly and in the long term!

Seniors: how to improve your health through video games?

Many people over the age of 60 are already used to playing video games, even those not exclusively for this age group. It is not uncommon, for example, to see a group of seniors arguing for a game of bowling or golf on the Nintendo Wii in the living rooms of senior residences or retirement homes. French seniors therefore show an interest in practicing various types of games, except those that require a lot of reflexes or that require an excellent vision of space. The practice of video games would promote the social bond between seniors but also intergenerational (children, grandchildren …), improve the ability to concentrate, the coordination of movements and in the case of certain games, it would help the old person to move without even as she realizes it. The serious games for seniors are further developed with real therapeutic goals to the key, including:

  • delay the onset of symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases by improving or slowing the decline of cognitive functions such as memory, language, reasoning, learning, intelligence, problem solving, decision-making, perception or attention;
  • to prevent the risk of falls and to favor the autonomy of the elderly person and thus his health home care;
  • become an actor in the management of his chronic pathology;
  • educate themselves about health and prevent the onset of certain diseases.


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