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Yunan Chen, Jing Wen & Bo Xie

In: The SAGE Handbook of Aging, Work and Society

Chapter 23: The Role of Social Networking Games in Maintaining Intergenerational Communications for Older Adults

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The Role of Social Networking Games in Maintaining Intergenerational Communications for Older Adults
The role of social networking games in maintaining intergenerational communications for older adults
YunanChen, JingWen and BoXie
Introduction

Population aging has become a salient issue in contemporary Chinese society (Lee, 2004). An important concern for any aging society is to maintain the health and well-being of older adults (Xie, 2008d, 2009). Studies have shown that family relationships play a critical role in maintaining individuals’ psychological well-being and life satisfaction (Litwin and Shiovitz-Ezra, 2010; Lou, 2010; George, 2010; Phillips, Siu, Yeh and Cheng, 2008). Older adults have a strong desire to communicate more frequently with their children (Lindley, Harper and Sellen, 2009). However, evidence shows that Chinese adults receive relatively poor support from their adult children ...

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