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The role of ICT and networking in healthy ageing
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-Life)
2012 (English)In: PETRA 2012: 5th Workshop on Affect and Behaviour Related Assistance, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we report the results from the psychologicalassessment conducted using a test battery composed of cognitiveand social wellbeing tests and questionnaires performed by usersand controls that participated in the AGNES project in Spain,Sweden and Greece at the beginning of the study and after thedeployment of the first prototype. The project carries out noveltechnological interventions in an emerging area in ageingresearch. The main innovation is the integration of differenttechnological components and social networking to provide anovel solution to the ageing population living at home. Themotivation was based on relevant findings on the psychology ofageing and the need for technologies to support the ageingpopulation. End-users have been heavily involved, providingdesign input, continuum evaluation and feedback. Theprojectfocuses on improving the mental and physical wellbeing ofelderly people living at home, who often suffer the effects ofsocial and physical isolation including cognitive decline, lowactivity levels and poor mood states. The main results were thatthe users but not the control participants improved cognitiveperformance andthe feeling of being treated with respect, beingindependent, self-realization and greater achievement.

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AGNES, Activity Monitoring, Ageing, Cognitive Processing, Social Network, User State Detection, Wellbeing
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Psychology Human Computer Interaction Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55918OAI: diva2:532323
The 5th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments : PETRA, Crete, Greece, June 6-8, 2012.
Available from: 2012-06-11 Created: 2012-06-11 Last updated: 2014-10-14

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