The impact of aging on access to technology

Sara J Czaja, Chin Chin Lee

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Abstract

The number of people over the age of 65 is increasing worldwide with the fastest growing subgroup those aged 80+ years. Computer and information technologies hold promise in terms of increasing the quality of life for older people. However, successful use of technology by older adults is predicated on systems that are designed to accommodate the needs and preferences of this user group. This paper discusses the implications of age-related changes in cognition for system design. Generally, the existing literature shows that, although older adults are willing to use technology, many report usability problems with existing systems and these problems may in part be due to the cognitive and perceptual demands placed on the user. These findings are discussed in terms of guidelines for system design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-349
Number of pages9
JournalUniversal Access in the Information Society
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

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Keywords

  • Older adults
  • System design
  • Use of technology

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  • Information Systems

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