The Desirability of the Use of Technology to Prevent Social Isolation of Older Adults

Matias Garcia-Constantino, Jonathan Synnott, Chris Nugent, Austen Burns, Mike Little, Deepak Samson

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Abstract

As life expectancy has increased, more older adults are experiencing social isolation, which can increase the risk of several negative effects on their health. The use of technology by older adults can support the prevention of social isolation by enabling them to be proactive and motivated to establish human interactions with relatives and friends. This paper explores and presents the results of a survey administered to 74 people from the Centre for Independent Living NI (CILNI) to identify the prevalence of social isolation in Northern Ireland, and the desirability to use technology to prevent it. This paper also introduces an upcoming trial into the use of technology for the prevention of social isolation for older adults living alone.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2018
Event32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI) - Belfast, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 Jul 20186 Jul 2018
http://Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

Conference

Conference32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBelfast
Period4/07/186/07/18
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Keywords

  • Social Isolation
  • Older Adults
  • Technology Adoption
  • Digital Technology

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