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Attitudes Towards Aging and the Acceptance of ICT for Aging in Place

  • Eva-Maria Schomakers
  • Julia Offermann-van Heek
  • Martina Ziefle
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10926)

Abstract

Facing the demographic developments in the Western world, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) designed to support older people can represent a promising approach for the overloaded health care systems. Most older adults prefer to age in place in their home environment. Assistive ICT can support older adults in staying independent, connected, and healthy and provide help in emergency situations. However, older adults represent a special group regarding the use of ICT: they are still often less experienced and cautious in adapting new technologies. Correspondingly, acceptance poses the greatest barrier for the success of assistive ICT. Older adults are not a homogeneous group, they differ in their experience with technologies, attitudes towards aging, and ideas for quality of life. In a questionnaire approach, N = 166 participants’ attitudes towards aging and evaluation of two examples of ICT are assessed. The analysis shows, that technology generations differ in their opinions about aging as well as their assessment of assistive ICT. Attitude towards aging, gender, education, health status, and other attitudes form a multifaceted picture of influences on the acceptance.

Keywords

Technology acceptance Aging Attitudes towards aging Information and communication technologies Assistive technologies 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors thank all participants for their openness in sharing their opinions. Furthermore, the authors want to thank Nils Plettenberg for research assistance. This work was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (in parts: projects Whistle 16SV7530 and MyneData (KIS1DSD045)).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eva-Maria Schomakers
    • 1
  • Julia Offermann-van Heek
    • 1
  • Martina Ziefle
    • 1
  1. 1.Human-Computer Interaction CenterRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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