Design and evaluation of CityQuest, a video game aimed at older adults with fear of falling
Please join us for this Brown Bag Talk with Eugenie Roudaia, a Scientific Associate at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. The talk will take place at the Games Institute in the Collaboration Space.
This event is free and open to all.
Older adults face an increased risk of falls, which often have significant negative consequences, including developing a fear of falling. Older adults with fear of falling often restrict their activities, which leads to social isolation and accelerated cognitive decline. This talk presents our work in designing, creating, and evaluating a video game, CityQuest, aimed at improving balance confidence, spatial cognition, and multisensory processing of older adults at risk of falling. First, I will describe the design and conceptualization of the game, including consultations with end users, survey of the literature, and pilot testing. Next, I will present the design and results of the intervention study we conducted in a group of healthy and fall-prone older adults. The study evaluated the effects of the game on balance confidence, spatial cognition, and perception, as well as subjective aspects of game experience and acceptability of the game as a falls-related intervention. Our results indicate that video games that challenge balance, spatial cognition, and perception are rated as enjoyable and beneficial by older adults and present a powerful tool to improve balance confidence, perception, and cognition in older adults.
Eugenie Roudaia received her PhD in Psychology at McMaster University, where she examined the effects of healthy aging on visual perception with Patrick Bennett and Allison Sekuler. During her postdoctoral fellowship at Trinity College Dublin with Fiona Newell, she worked as part of an FP7-ICT project in which academic and industry partners designed, created, and tested virtual reality and serious games aimed at vulnerable populations. She then held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université de Montréal with Jocelyn Faubert, examining attention and multisensory processing. Dr. Roudaia is currently a Scientific Associate at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. She is interested in understanding the effects of healthy and pathological aging on perception and cognition and in developing training tools that can improve brain function in older age.
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