A TV Platform to improve older people’s quality of life: Lessons learned from the evaluation of the VITAL project with Spanish Elderly

Authors: Unai Diaz and Aitziber Etxaniz and Elena Urdaneta and Gorka Epelde and Xabier Valencia

Date: 25.05.2011


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Abstract

The User Centered Design allows the technical developers to know specific characteristics about the potential end users. In the specific case of elderly users, consideration of their needs in areas like communication, family and social relationships, social support and leisure, is a key point, which should guide the development of technological applications. The sample recruited for the last evaluation of VITAL in Spain was composed of 83 participants, 19 male and 64 female, with an age ranging from 52 to 91 (x=73,68, sd=7,86). All targeted users were attending elder associations in their respective cities, which implies an existing minimum social interaction for all for them. This paper gathers the literature about elderly needs in the areas of communication with family, social relationships and leisure, and examines what elderly users think about how VITAL Platform can help them in improving their quality of life in those addressed areas.

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author = {Unai Diaz and Aitziber Etxaniz and Elena Urdaneta and Gorka Epelde and Xabier Valencia},
title = {A TV Platform to improve older people’s quality of life: Lessons learned from the evaluation of the VITAL project with Spanish Elderly},
keywds = {
VITAL, Elderly, iTV, Accessible TV, User-Centered Design
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abstract = {
The User Centered Design allows the technical developers to know specific characteristics about the potential end users. In the specific case of elderly users, consideration of their needs in areas like communication, family and social relationships, social support and leisure, is a key point, which should guide the development of technological applications. The sample recruited for the last evaluation of VITAL in Spain was composed of 83 participants, 19 male and 64 female, with an age ranging from 52 to 91 (x=73,68, sd=7,86). All targeted users were attending elder associations in their respective cities, which implies an existing minimum social interaction for all for them. This paper gathers the literature about elderly needs in the areas of communication with family, social relationships and leisure, and examines what elderly users think about how VITAL Platform can help them in improving their quality of life in those addressed areas.
}
date = {2011-05-25},
year = {2011},
}
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