Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Supporting the elderly with new interactive technology in their homes
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics. (Q-life)
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We present the AGNES project, illustrating the design and development of new information technologies to stimulate and support the elderly in their everyday lives. The aim was to provide a feeling of connectedness and safety, sensory stimulation and an increased social network. AGNES provided user-sensitive home-based ICT-environments capable of detecting, communicating and responding to the elderly person’s needs and daily activities.

The approach included the unobtrusive detection of user states and activities, based on inexpensive mass-market components such as web-cams and mobile phones; a social networking technology platform specifically designed to meet the needs of, and be usable by, the elderly person, and providing the communications channel through which people and applications communicate; and ambient interaction devices for the display of information and events and for easy interaction with the home-based system and connected others.

For the success and relevance of such a project, it is vital to include the elderly users as active members of the project, and we outline our approach to this with user groups in Sweden, Spain and Greece.

AGNES is a first step in demonstrating that integrated innovative ICT solutions can produce beneficial effects on the cognitive wellbeing of elderly people by preventing social isolation and mental deterioration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
National Category
Social Sciences Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
hälso- och sjukvårdsforskning
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-76723OAI: diva2:636790
The 13th European Congress of Psychology, Stockholm, Sweden, 9–12 July 2013
Available from: 2013-07-12 Created: 2013-07-12 Last updated: 2014-10-14

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Waterworth, John
By organisation
Department of Informatics
Social SciencesInformation Systems, Social aspects

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 85 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link