Mindful Age and Technology: Promoting Quality of Life in Older Adults with a Tablet/Smartphone App

  • Francesco Vailati Riboni
  • Benedetta Comazzi
  • Gianluca Castelnuovo
  • Enrico Molinari
  • Francesco PagniniEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 253)


Based on the Langerian definition of mindfulness, we created a smartphone App to promote cognitive flexibility, curiosity, novelty seeking, and creativity in a population of older adults. So far, we have tested it on 68 participants, randomly assigned to the experimental group or to a wait-list control group. Between group comparisons failed to detect a significant effect on quality of life, though qualitative analysis report a positive impact of the App over participants’ lives.


Mindfulness Smartphone apps Older adults Quality of life 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Vailati Riboni
    • 1
  • Benedetta Comazzi
    • 1
    • 4
  • Gianluca Castelnuovo
    • 1
    • 2
  • Enrico Molinari
    • 1
    • 2
  • Francesco Pagnini
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversita Cattolica del Sacro CuoreMilanItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Auxologico Italiano, IRCCS, Psychology Research LaboratoryVerbaniaItaly
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  4. 4.IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo GnocchiMilanItaly

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