Kinect Project: People with dementia or mild cognitive impairment learning to play group motion-based games

Erica Dove*, Arlene J. Astell

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Introduction: Motion-based technologies (MBTs) could provide nonpharmacologic interventions for people with cognitive impairment (PCI; e.g., dementia or mild cognitive impairment). This study examined the use of errorless learning techniques to empower PCI to use MBT. Methods: Thirty-eight PCI were recruited to a 10-week (20 × 1-hour sessions) Xbox Kinect bowling group. Video recorded data from first, middle, and final sessions were coded to track (1) number of prompts per turn, (2) independent turn completion, and (3) duration of turns. These values were compared using repeated measures analysis of variance. Results: Learning and improvement over time was demonstrated in 23 participants who were available for final analysis by significant decreases in number of prompts per turn and turn duration and significant increases in turns completed independently. Discussion: Errorless learning supported PCI to learn MBT and improve over time as evidenced by their need for fewer prompts, shorter turns, and more turns completed independently, confirming the potential of MBT to provide leisure activities for PCI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)475-482
Number of pages8
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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