Positive Impact of Exergaming on Older Adults’ Mental and Social Well-Being: In Search of Evidence

  • Eugène LoosEmail author
  • David Kaufman
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10927)


Exergames aim at stimulating healthy people or patients needing rehabilitation to do physical exercise to enhance their physical state (e.g., postural balance, muscle power). As older adults generally have more health problems than younger ones, such games could be beneficial to them. Since the introduction of the Wii gaming system by Nintendo in 2006, several literature reviews have been conducted that examine the impact of exergames on older adults’ physical well-being. However, less attention has been paid to the potential impact on their mental and social well-being. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to explore what we can learn from previously conducted empirical studies about the impact of exergaming on these kinds of well-being. Although a limited number of literature reviews show that some empirical studies have been conducted around these issues it is not clear that the results are evidence-based. The question remains whether the results can be used by rehabilitation centers and associations for senior citizens to promote exergaming among older adults also for their mental and social well-being. The purpose of this state-of-the-art paper is to present an overview to address this question and to make recommendations about guidelines for the research design of future evidence-based empirical studies.


Exergaming Older adults State of the art paper Literature review Exergaming Impact Evidence based studies Mental and social well-being 



This paper is partially based on Sect. 2.4 of the research report ‘The impact of exergames: A panacea for older adults’ well-being? Using narrative literature reviews to make sense of exergaming in later life’ for the multi-methodological Ageing + Communication + Technologies (ACT) network ( The authors would like to thank ACT for financially supporting this research project (grant 895-2013-1018), the chair “Old and New Media in an Ageing Society” at the University of Amsterdam for the research time and Utrecht University Master’s student Nynke Meijer for her help with the literature review.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of EducationSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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