Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. 7th International Conference, MindCare 2018, Boston, MA, USA, January 9–10, 2018, Proceedings

Research Article

Mindful Age and Technology: Promoting Quality of Life in Older Adults with a Tablet/Smartphone App

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-030-01093-5_15,
        author={Francesco Vailati Riboni and Benedetta Comazzi and Gianluca Castelnuovo and Enrico Molinari and Francesco Pagnini},
        title={Mindful Age and Technology: Promoting Quality of Life in Older Adults with a Tablet/Smartphone App},
        proceedings={Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health. 7th International Conference, MindCare 2018,  Boston, MA, USA, January 9--10, 2018, Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={MINDCARE},
        year={2018},
        month={10},
        keywords={Mindfulness Smartphone apps Older adults Quality of life},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-030-01093-5_15}
    }
    
  • Francesco Vailati Riboni
    Benedetta Comazzi
    Gianluca Castelnuovo
    Enrico Molinari
    Francesco Pagnini
    Year: 2018
    Mindful Age and Technology: Promoting Quality of Life in Older Adults with a Tablet/Smartphone App
    MINDCARE
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-01093-5_15
Francesco Vailati Riboni1, Benedetta Comazzi, Gianluca Castelnuovo, Enrico Molinari, Francesco Pagnini,*
  • 1: Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
*Contact email: francesco.pagnini@unicatt.it

Abstract

Based on the Langerian definition of mindfulness, we created a smartphone App to promote cognitive flexibility, curiosity, novelty seeking, and creativity in a population of older adults. So far, we have tested it on 68 participants, randomly assigned to the experimental group or to a wait-list control group. Between group comparisons failed to detect a significant effect on quality of life, though qualitative analysis report a positive impact of the App over participants’ lives.