Assistive technology for older adults: psychological and socio-emotional design requirements

Aimée K. Bright, Lynne Coventry

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Abstract

The EU-funded multi-disciplinary DALi (Devices for Assisted Living) project aims to develop a semi-autonomous, intelligent mobility aid for older adults, which supports navigation in crowded and unstructured environments. We demonstrate the necessity to consider hitherto underexplored user-inclusive requirements which address psychological and socio-emotional needs of users. Using a qualitative methodology, including focus groups and interviews, our results showed that the design of the intelligent walker for older adults has to address issues of anticipated or experienced socio-emotional and psychological costs, including self-consciousness, pride, embarrassment, fear of being stigmatised and not wanting to admit a need. We suggest potential design strategies to increase emotional benefits and reduce psychological and emotional costs associated with use of assistive technology, thus facilitating product adoption.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPETRA '13
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 6th International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781450319737
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event6th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments - Rhodes, Greece
Duration: 29 May 201331 May 2013
Conference number: 6th

Conference

Conference6th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments
Abbreviated titlePETRA 2013
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityRhodes
Period29/05/1331/05/13

Keywords

  • Older adults
  • User-centred design

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