Communication Needs of Elderly at Risk of Falls and their Remote Family

Sas, Corina and Brahney, Kieran and Oechsner, Carl and Trivedi, Amish and Nomesque, Mauricio and Mughal, Zaffar and Cheverst, Keith William John and Clinch, Sarah Elizabeth and Davies, Nigel Andrew Justin (2017) Communication Needs of Elderly at Risk of Falls and their Remote Family. In: CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM, USA, pp. 2900-2908. ISBN 9781450346566

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Abstract

The aging population experiences increased health risks, both physical and emotional. Two such risks are those of isolation and falling. This papers draws from HCI literature in these two independent research areas to explore the needs of family communication with elderly parents at risk of falls. We report on a study with 7 elderly parents and 3 of adult children, as well as a group interview with 12 elderly living in a sheltered accommodation. Findings indicate important emotional needs on both parts: adult children’s anxiety for the wellbeing of their parents at risk of falls, and elderly’s need for autonomy and their appreciation for an aesthetic design. We concluded with implications of these findings for designing for family communication in this challenging context.

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© Owner/Author, 2017. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3053274
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15 Feb 2017 13:14
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