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Design of Activation Modules for People Aging in Place and at Long Term Care

Matulis, Henrique (2019) Design of Activation Modules for People Aging in Place and at Long Term Care. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Matulis, Henrique

The Canadian population is aging with an increasing proportion of people over the age of 65. Already the number of Canadians over the age of 65 exceeds the number of Canadians under 15. As the population ages, there is an increasing number of people with dementia, and an increasing number of people in long term care. Once individuals enter long term care, they often experience physical and cognitive decline. While there are programs for therapeutic recreation and other activities they are, at best, only available for a few hours a day, leaving many hours where there is very little to do except watch television, sit or lie around. This research thesis addresses the problem of creating input and output modules that can facilitate technologies for physical and cognitive activation. After motivating the work with an analysis of how activities carried out changes as people age (using US timed activity usage data), I then describe the design of a number of modules intended to simplify interactions with technology for elderly users. These modules include a wireless button input device that could control games shown on a tablet or monitor; a driving wheel (using an optical reader for detecting rotation) that can be used as a control device for a driving simulator or for navigating through 360-degree travel videos and curved displays to provide immersive interactions.

Matulis, Erica
Date: 8 April 2019
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 19:58
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 22:00
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2545

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