SmartAgeing: A 3D serious game for early detection of mild cognitive impairments

Dani Tost, Ariel Von Barnekow, Eloy Felix, Stefania Pazzi, Stefano Puricelli, Sara Bottiroli

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We describe SmartAgeing, a serious game in a 3D virtual environment aimed at the early detection of Mild Cognitive Impairments in persons ageing between 50 and 80, and at assessing cognitive impairments in persons already diagnosed or having neurodegenerative dementia. SmartAgeing is a telematic system in which users realize a set of screening tests structured in five daily-life tasks in a familiar environment addressing various cognitive skills: memory, executive functions, divided attention, short-term and longterm memory and spatial orientation and attention. The game integrates novel accessibility features to make it usable by seniors. Several indexes of evaluation are registered while users perform the test, that provide a complete picture of the user's behavior during the game. The design and implementation of the game has been realized following a user-centered agile methodology that has allowed to refine the tasks and enhance the technology throughout the development stage. The game is currently in a validation stage on a sample of 1000 users. The results of the electronic test are been compared to standard pen-based tests. We except that the validation will confirm SmartAgeing as a powerful screening tool for the early detection of cognitive impairments on a wide scale, otherwise impossible using the traditional pen-based test.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - REHAB 2014
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2014
EventWorkshop on REHAB 2014 - Oldenburg, Germany
Duration: May 20 2014 → …


OtherWorkshop on REHAB 2014
Period5/20/14 → …


  • Ageing
  • Mild cognitive impairments
  • Screening
  • Serious games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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