A Training Social Media Mobile App Prototype for the Elderly: A Pilot Study

  • Abdulrahman HafezEmail author
  • Yuanqiong (Kathy) Wang
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 972)


This paper reports a pilot study on how to train mild cognitively-impaired elderly adults using social media app successfully. Five mild cognitively-impaired elderly adults age 65 and 70 years participated in this study to help inspect research instruments and improve further as needed to be used in the main experiment later. Seniorbook, a mobile app prototype, was designed to resemble the activities frequently done in popular social media apps. Three different training mechanisms: training class and Seniorbook app only, training class and Seniorbook app with embedded instructions, and training class and Seniorbook app with embedded instructions and audio narrations, were randomly assigned to the participants during the study. Both pre and post-questionnaires were distributed. Preliminary results and lessons learned from this pilot study are presented at the end.


Seniorbook Social media training Mobile app prototype Elderly Mild cognitive impairment Pilot study 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information SciencesTowson UniversityTowsonUSA

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