Retirement communities; Congregate housing--United States; Older people--Care--United States; Older people--Services for--United States; Nintendo Wii video games; Xbox video games
Participation in meaningful activities is an important aspect of occupational therapy interventions in geriatric settings. As people age, they are confronted with decreased physical and mental capabilities and an increased susceptibility to disease that limits functional independence. Incorporating opportunities for physical, cognitive, and social activity into interventions will help older adults improve their quality of life. Gaming systems such as the Nintendo WiiTM, Xbox KinectTM, or the Omni VRTM provide occupational therapists with a modality that addresses client factors in a way that combines physical, cognitive, and social factors while also being meaningful and fun. However, many occupational therapists are unfamiliar with the gaming systems and lack sufficient time to identify the ways in which performance skills and client factors may be addressed by the games. A user manual, comprised of a quick start guide and activity analysis charts for each gaming system, was created for the occupational therapists at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community in order to quickly illustrate how to operate the gaming systems and identify client factors that each game may address within a treatment session.
Lucretia A. Berg, MSOT, OTR/L
George S. Tomlin, PhD., OTR/L
Date of Completion
Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
Date of Award
University of Puget Sound