Missouri Gaming and Older Adults

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This is part 5 of the presentation, \"Libraries, Older Adults and Technology,\" presented for the Missouri State Library, October 2008.

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Missouri Gaming and Older Adults

  1. 1. Gaming and Older Adults Libraries, Older Adults & Web 2.0 Presented by Allan M. Kleiman October 20-24, 2008
  2. 2. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Non-Technology Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Board Games </li></ul><ul><li>Puzzles </li></ul><ul><li>Card Games </li></ul><ul><li>Other Games </li></ul>
  3. 3. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Why Wii Gaming in the Library for Seniors? </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Stimulation (Using the Brain) </li></ul><ul><li>Eye/Hand Coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Social Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-Generational Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Group/Lifelong Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Exposure to New Technology </li></ul>
  4. 4. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>The Second-annual “Evercare 100 @ 100 Survey,” sponsored by Evercare, polled 100 Americans turning 100 and older in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>1 in 7 had played Video Games </li></ul><ul><li>47% of online Games are Downloaded by 55+ Population </li></ul>
  5. 5. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Library Resource: </li></ul><ul><li>Libgaming (Google Group) </li></ul><ul><li>ALA (Currently Under Construction) 2009 Gaming Wiki (Gaming Experts) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Trace Steps – My Personal Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Last June 2007, ALA Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Librarian, October 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>First Gaming Day with Teens and Seniors, November 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Gaming (Part of Friday Programs) </li></ul><ul><li>Now Doing Gaming for ALL Ages </li></ul>
  7. 7. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Open Gaming </li></ul><ul><li>Competition Play </li></ul>
  8. 8. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>What Have “Wii” Found— </li></ul><ul><li>Great Social Interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Helping Each Other Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Great Relationships Between Teens and Seniors </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling of Accomplishment at Learning New Technology </li></ul>
  9. 9. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Best Games </li></ul><ul><li>Wii Sports (Bowling, Tennis, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Wii Fit </li></ul><ul><li>Big Brain Academy </li></ul>
  10. 10. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Not So Successful-- </li></ul><ul><li>Endless Ocean </li></ul><ul><li>Super Mario Galaxy </li></ul><ul><li>American Idol </li></ul>
  11. 11. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Wii and Persons With Disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Visually Impaired (Large Screen) </li></ul><ul><li>Wheelchair Bound </li></ul><ul><li>Used in Wiihabilitation, with Persons who Have had a stroke, surgery, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive and Entertaining </li></ul>
  12. 12. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>What are Libraries Doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Bowling, Golfing, Tennis </li></ul><ul><li>Tournaments with Senior Groups, Other Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Seniors are Playing With Their Grandchildren </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative Physical Fitness </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Stimulation </li></ul><ul><li>Learning New Technology </li></ul>
  13. 13. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>How Do You Begin? </li></ul><ul><li>Wii, $250., plus purchase additional controllers </li></ul><ul><li>Games, 19.95 and up </li></ul><ul><li>Place—Where Will You Hold the Gaming? How Will You Display? </li></ul><ul><li>Training? Who is Experienced </li></ul>
  14. 14. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Schedule on a Regular Basis </li></ul><ul><li>Get the Staff Involved! </li></ul><ul><li>Publicize the Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Serve Refreshments </li></ul><ul><li>Create a “Fun” Atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Seek “Senior” Input – What Works? What Does Not </li></ul>
  15. 15. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Make the Experience Inviting </li></ul><ul><li>Make the Experience Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Make the Experience Fun </li></ul><ul><li>Now---Let’s Wii! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Answers! </li></ul>
  17. 17. Gaming and Older Adults <ul><li>Allan M. Kleiman </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Libraryolderadults.blogspot.com </li></ul><ul><li>732-738-5181 </li></ul>

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