Participatory research with older adults with AMD: co-designing a SMART diet diary app

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The global population of people aged 60 years and older is growing rapidly. In the UK, there are currently around 10 million people aged 65 and over, and the number is projected to rise by 50% in the next 20 years (RNIB, 2013). While ongoing advances in information technology (IT) are undoubtedly increasing the scope for IT to enhance and support older adults' daily living, the digital divide between older and younger adults - 43% of people below the age of 55 own and use a smartphone, compared to only 3% of people aged 65 and over (AgeUK, 2013) - raises concerns about the suitability of technological solutions for older adults, especially for older adults with impairments. Evidence suggests that sympathetic design of mobile technology does render it useful and acceptable to older adults: the key issue is, however, how best to achieve such sympathetic design when working with impaired older adults. We report here on a case study in order to outline the practicalities and highlight the benefits of participatory research for the design of sympathetic technology for (and importantly with) older adults with impairments.

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Publication date9 Sep 2014
Publication titleHCI 2014 - Sand, Sea & Sky - Holiday HCI : proceedings of the 28th international BCS Human Computer Interaction conference (HCI 2014)
PublisherBCS
Pages32-41
Number of pages10
Original languageEnglish
Event28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference: Sand, Sea and Sky - Holiday HCI - Southport, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201412 Sep 2014

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Conference28th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference: Sand, Sea and Sky - Holiday HCI
Abbreviated titleHCI 2014
CountryUnited Kingdom
CitySouthport
Period9/09/1412/09/14

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  • age-related macular degeneration, diet diary, mobile assistive technology, older adults, participatory design, user-centred design

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