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Design for Ageing Well: Improving The Quality of Life For The Ageing Population Using A Technology Enabled Garment System

Grant reference: RES-353-25-0004

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Behavioural prototyping : a method for aligning technological capacity with behavioural function for the over 65’s
The effective use of technology amongst the elderly is often inhibited by design limitations as assessment protocols have traditionally reflected the behavioural and functional needs of the larger market segments, which, until recently, were defined as under 65 years of age. This paper will report the results of an investigation into user requirements and aspirations as part of a New Dynamics of Ageing research project funded by the ESRC, UK. Techniques have been developed to capture user information relating to personal behavioural preferences; individual differences (physical and mental, coping strategies, self esteem), health (general, well-being, specific medical conditions, proactive health implications and well-being), activities (situational and personal requirements, both current and aspirational), clothing and fashion (use, perception), and specific ways in which technology could assist the user (including general technological and emergency assistance).

Primary contributor

Author S. Benton

Additional contributors

Co-author B. Altemeyer
Co-author B. Manning

Additional details

Abstract proceedings publication
30 May 2010
Eindhoven, Netherlands
International Society for Gerontechnology world conference (ISG 2010)
Vancouver, BC
Gerontechnology : volume 9, number 2 : seventh international conference on gerontechnology, Vancouver : proceedings
27 May 2010