Communication Technologies for Older Adults in Retirement Communities

Communication Technologies for Older Adults in Retirement Communities

Lauren Bowers (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), Claudia B. Rebola (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) and Patricio Vela (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4490-8.ch044
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Abstract

This chapter presents the research, development, and findings of a communication technology developed to enable older adults living in retirement communities to share public events. The project draws reference from the fields of industrial design, universal design, and computer science to design a technology for residents at a retirement community. Residents were included in the design process by evaluating designed technologies. This study demonstrates the relevance of designing simple yet innovative technologies that meet the needs of older adults.
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Project Overview

This project seeks to design a user-driven EP that would allow older adults at communities to easily share events. Instead of having specialized staff deciding, setting-up, and advertising on-going events, residents can share events in the community through the use of the communication technology. The communication technology could be used both by members of the community and newcomers planning for special one-time events.

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