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Linking the lonely: an exploration of a communication technology designed to support social interaction among older adults
Garattini, Chiara; Wherton, Joseph; Prendergast, David
This article explores mixed methods data gathered from a pilot of a communication system prototype in the homes of 19 older adults over a period of 10 weeks. The system has been designed to enhance communication among both friends and strangers and has been developed as a possible tool to increase interaction in older adults suffering from social isolation and loneliness. The paper uses remote logging data to inform discussion of how such a technology was received and utilised over time in a home setting. Qualitative data gathered via entry and exit interviews, and weekly checkpoint calls were used to provide deeper insight into patterns and practices identified via the logs.
Keyword(s): Information and communication technology; Ageing; Loneliness
Publication Date:
2012
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Garattini, Chiara and Wherton, Joseph and Prendergast, David (2012) Linking the lonely: an exploration of a communication technology designed to support social interaction among older adults. Universal Access in the Information Society, 11. pp. 211-222. ISSN 1615-5297
Publisher(s): Springer Verlag
File Format(s): other
Related Link(s): http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/11158/1/DP_Linking%20_2012.pdf
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