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Technology to reduce social isolation and loneliness

Baecker, Ron, Sellen, Kate, Crosskey, Sarah, Boscart, Veronique and Barbosa Neves, Barbara (2014) Technology to reduce social isolation and loneliness. In: Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers & Accessibility.


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Official URL: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/2661334.2661375


Large numbers of individuals, many of them senior citizens, live in social isolation. This typically leads to loneliness, depression, and vulnerability, and subsequently to other negative health consequences. We report on research focused on understanding the communication needs of people in environments associated with social isolation and loneliness, and how technology facilitates social connection. Our work consists of successive iterations of field studies and technology prototype design, deployment, and analysis. Particular attention is paid to seniors in retirement communities and in long-term care settings (nursing homes). We present design implications for technology to enable seniors' social connections, the "InTouch" prototype that satisfies most of the implications, and a report on one older adult's experience of InTouch.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic pain, communications technology, field studies, loneliness, long-term care, prototypes, seniors, social isolation
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Graduate Studies > Design for Health
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2016 01:39
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 16:33
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1004

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