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A longitudinal evaluation of the acceptability and impact of a diet diary app for older adults with age-related macular degeneration

Hakobyan, Lilit, Lumsden, Jo, Shaw, Rachel and O'Sullivan, Dympna (2016) A longitudinal evaluation of the acceptability and impact of a diet diary app for older adults with age-related macular degeneration. In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. ACM, New York, pp. 124-134. ISBN 9781450344081

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Abstract

Ongoing advances in technology are increasing the scope for enhancing and supporting older adults' daily living. The digital divide between older and younger adults raises concerns, however, about the suitability of technological solutions for older adults, especially for those with impairments. Taking older adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) as a case study, we used user-centred and participatory design approaches to develop an assistive mobile app for self-monitoring their intake of food [12,13]. In this paper we report on findings of a longitudinal field evaluation of our app that was conducted to investigate how it was received and adopted by older adults with AMD and its impact on their lives. Demonstrating the benefit of applying inclusive design methods for technology for older adults, our findings reveal how the use of the app raises participants' awareness and facilitates self-monitoring of diet, encourages positive (diet) behaviour change, and encourages learning.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology > Electronic computers. Computer science

R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > Welfare of older people
Divisions: School of Computing > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2018 12:58
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2018 12:58
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3159

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