Title: Design and management features of everyday technology that challenge older adults
Authors : Patomella, Ann-Helen
Kottorp, Anders Börje Mauritz
Nygård, Louise
Published in : British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume(Issue) : 76
Issue : 9
Pages : 390
Pages to: 398
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Sage
Issue Date: Sep-2013
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 305: Social groups
615.8515: Occupational therapy
Abstract: Introduction: The management of everyday technologies could present too difficult a challenge for older adults with cognitive impairments, leading to their exclusion from participation. The present study aims to identify and describe features that make everyday technologies more or less difficult for older adults, whether with or without cognitive difficulties. Methods: A pre-existent, empirically generated hierarchy of more to less difficult everyday technologies was analysed. A mixed methods design was used to investigate predefined assumptions. Findings: Correlation analysis indicated that the more difficult everyday technologies required a higher frequency of skill actions; a positive correlation between the difficulty of an everyday technology and the need to perform actions in a logical sequence when using it was identified. The analysis indicated that feedback provided to users by less difficult everyday technologies consisted of different modes of stimuli (visual, auditory and tactile), while that from more difficult everyday technologies provided a high frequency of complex visual feedback. The less difficult everyday technologies were designed in a manner that was more intuitive; the design guided the user and fewer errors could be made. Conclusion: This study presents several features in the design of everyday technologies, and the skills required in using them, that could make their management more difficult for older adults.
Departement: Gesundheit
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.4276/030802213X13782044946229
ISSN: 0308-0226
1477-6006
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/8415
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