SFU project aims to put controllers in hands of seniors

From: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2015/08/19/sfu-project-aims-to-put-controllers-in-hands-of-seniors

By Patrick Colvin

Pass the controller and move aside children — it’s time for grandma and grandpa to play.

A Simon Fraser University project that received funding on Aug. 18 as part of the AGE-WELL national research network is looking to research, create, and commercialize digital gaming for seniors.

It’s called the Connect Play project and it hopes to build off the idea that digital gaming can enhance older adults happiness, cognitive development, and social interaction.

“We did a survey of seniors and we were actually surprised by the amount of seniors who were involved with electronic gaming,” said AGE-WELL co-leader and SFU professor Andrew Sixsmith. “There is potential to have people involved, via gaming, in social activities.”

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