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The ELITE approach to designing IT for the elderly
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)
2006 (English)In: Gerontechnology, ISSN 1569-1101, Vol. 5, no 2, 99-105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We introduce the MAMA (Mobile Augmented Memory Aid) project, during which we gradually evolved a design approach that we call ELITE. MAMA was focused on older people with some kind of memory and associated communication problems, living in residential homes. The overall goal of the project was to examine how information and communication technology can best be used to support and improve memory and communication capacity in senior users, and in the process provide an aid to sensory and social stimulation. We briefly describe the hardware and software prototypes that have resulted so far, during which process the ELITE approach was evolved. We then present the ELITE design principles developed during the project, as a general approach to designing technology for older users. Note that in this paper, the term ELITE refers only to these design principles and should not be confused with any other organisation or company with a similar name.

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Eindhoven: International Society for Gerontechnology , 2006. Vol. 5, no 2, 99-105 p.
Keyword [en]
ageing, memory, design guidelines
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-16518DOI: 10.4017/gt.2006. diva2:156191
Available from: 2007-10-04 Created: 2007-10-04 Last updated: 2014-10-14

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