Elderly-technology interaction: Accessibility and acceptability of technological devices promoting motor and cognitive training.

Tiziana C. Callari, Silvia Ciairano, Alessandra Re

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Abstract

As the world population is ageing, studies on the socio-economic and health consequences are proliferating. Little has been done on the effectiveness and impact elderly may benefit from the use of technology in their everyday life. The pilot study, implemented within a funded project aimed at identifying sustainable actions to promote Seniors' quality of life, intended to investigate this kind of interaction in terms of accessibility and acceptability that senior citizen experience with technological devices promoting motor and cognitive training. In the hypothesis, interfaces and technological artifacts, that still take in little account the seniors' physical characteristics (e.g. physiological limitations in sight, hearing, movement) and cognitive processes (selective memory often driven by practical needs), can cause elderly to mistrust technology. Study participants were twenty over seventy-year-old people, who were observed and interviewed in context in a two-hour training session regarding the technological devices user experience. The results are presented with scenario-based techniques that help represent typologies of users in different use situations. Findings confirm the hypothesis, highlighting that elderly may accept technological artifacts when they perceive them as bringing benefits in terms of well-being and health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-369
Number of pages8
JournalWork
Volume41
Issue numberSUPPL.1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ageing
  • interaction design
  • quality of life
  • usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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