Title: Factors that impact the level of difficulty of everyday technology in a sample of older adults with and without cognitive impairment
Authors : Patomella, Ann-Helen
Kottorp, Anders
Malinowsky, Camilla
Nygård, Louise
Published in : Technology and Disability
Volume(Issue) : 23
Issue : 4
Pages : 243
Pages to: 250
Publisher / Ed. Institution : IOS
Issue Date: 2011
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subjects : Mild cognitive impairment; Alzheimer's disease; Occupational therapy
Subject (DDC) : 616.8: Neurology, diseases of nervous system
Abstract: Everyday technologies (ET) are an important part of the environment in which we live and interact, and older adults with cognitive impairments have to be able to manage ETs in order to participate in society. The aim of the present study was to bring new insight into what makes an ET easy or difficult to use for older adults with and without cognitive impairment. Older adults with and without cognitive impairments (n=116) were observed managing 27 ETs. In order to analyze and detect variables that influenced the level of difficulty of the ETs, a regression analysis was used and predefined assumptions were investigated. The results revealed that ETs that were used less than once a week were more difficult to handle, as were those with a complex design. The results suggest that ETs, more specifically Information and Communication Technology, need to be designed to be more user-friendly and less complex, and older adults that wish to continue using an ET need to be frequent users. The age and gender of the user, and how long the ET had been in use did not relate to how difficult an ET was to manage.
Departement: Gesundheit
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.3233/TAD-2011-0331
ISSN: 1055-4181
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/8719
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