Designing a web-based application to train aging adults to successfully use technologies important to independent living

Ronald W. Berkowsky, Sara J Czaja, Philip D Harvey

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop and pilot-test a web-based application that could train a diverse group of aging adults to more successfully use technologies vital to functional tasks and independent, everyday living. The training application simulated the use of automatic teller machines (ATMs) and the use of a mobile phone to call and fill a prescription. Thirty-two adults (age range 28–71, 63% aged 55+) were assessed at baseline on functional task performance by being given an ATM task and a prescription task assessment to complete. Participants then underwent 2 weeks of training before being given a follow-up assessment; informal evaluation interviews were also administered. Overall, participants found it easy to use the training interface and that the presentation of material was favorable, however some would have preferred less repetition in training tasks. Recommendations on application-development and design as well as training structure are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population: Healthy and Active Aging - 2nd International Conference, ITAP 2016 and Held as Part of HCI International 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages289-299
Number of pages11
Volume9755
ISBN (Print)9783319399485
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Event2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jul 17 2016Jul 22 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9755
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2016 and held as a part of 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2016
CountryCanada
CityToronto
Period7/17/167/22/16

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Functional living
  • Independent living
  • Simulation training technologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Theoretical Computer Science

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