Special Issue "Age-Friendly Technologies: Interaction Design with and for Older People"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.
Interests: interaction design; cognitive studies of user experience; qualitative and quantitative methodologies
This Special Issue has a focus on research that connects older adults’ wellness and quality of life with issues in designing technology with and for older adults. Challenges the aging population are facing include social isolation, digital exclusion, lack of digital skills, lack of physical and cognitive ability, demand for aging at home, and independent living. Recently, the use of interactive technology is essential for the senior community to connect with the outside world. The challenge for designers of interactive technology is that some older adults are not interested in technology yet find themselves confronted with an increasingly digital world. This Special Issue considers senior-centered design for interaction to facilitate a positive and engaging user experience to improve the overall quality of life by promoting older adults’ wellbeing and satisfaction. This interdisciplinary Special Issue aims to bring together a selection of high-quality papers (e.g., case studies, insightful reviews, theoretical and critical perspectives, and viewpoint articles) that contribute to technology design for older adults by addressing topics including, but not limited to:
- Human-computer interaction
- User-centered design
- Ethnographic study
- Empirical study
- User engagement
- Encouraging creativity and self esteem with technology
- How technology affects social engagement
- Educating aging adults on new technologies
- Technologies that assist aging adults with managing their healthcare
- Home health and wellness
- Smart home systems
Prof. Dr. Mary Lou Maher
Dr. Lina Lee
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
- Human-centered design (HCD)
- Aging and technology
- User engagement
- Long-term Engagement
- Positive Aging, Aging in Place (AIP)
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Experiential Value Based Framework for Older Adults' Use of Technology
Authors: Desai, Shital; McGrath, Colleen; McNeil Heather; McMurray Josephine; Sveistrup Heidi; Astell Arlene
Affiliation: Social and Technological Systems lab, School of Arts Media Performance and Design, York University
Abstract: Older adults’ experiences with technologies determine how they value them, which is a deciding factor in older adults’ continuous use of these technologies in everyday life. This study investigated the experiences of older adults with their own technologies they loved and abandoned. Thirty-seven older adults participated in a Show and Tell cocreation session at a one-day workshop. Participants described why they loved or abandoned technologies they own. Their responses were recorded and analysed using Atlas Ti. Three main thematic values emerged: Utilitarian, Emotional and Social. Utilitarian experiential values were: making tasks and use of technologies easy, the importance of product support as well as autonomy and costs incurred in the purchase and use of technology. Emotional values referred to activities afforded by technologies to drive emotions and sentiments in older adults. Social values referred to the ability of technology to enable the playing of crucial roles in the community and family with the technologies and following traditions and rituals. These findings have resulted in a framework for technology use in older adults that suggests (a) designing technologies around activities of older adults, (b) design services and policies to make technologies accessible/available to older adults (c) designing services and interfaces around training and support.