Active Digiage? Desirable Futures for Ageing People

  • Marina Weck
  • Tarja Meristö
  • Nina Helander
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 907)


The changing age structure of population, with its growing number of ageing people, is a worldwide phenomenon among industrialized countries, and Finland is not an exception. This has implications for swiftly rising healthcare and social welfare costs, but also for new type of demand in related services, and thus creates business opportunities for Finnish know-how. Through qualitative semi-structured interviews this research builds understanding on the desires, needs and challenges that the ageing people have in their every-day life and especially in their use of digital technology and different kinds of digital services. This will further provide insight for the service creation for the needs of elderly people in Finland. The results presented in this paper are part of a larger research project, of which this paper represents the pilot study phase.


Assistive digital technology Elderly people Pilot study 


  1. 1.
    Niehaves, B., Plattfaut, R.: Internet adoption by the elderly: employing IS technology acceptance theories for understanding the age-related digital divide. Eur. J. Inf. Syst. 23(6), 708–726 (2014)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Ympäristöministeriö: Asunnottomuuden vähentämisen taloudelliset vaikutukset, Ympäristöministeriön raportteja, vol. 7, p. 114 (2011). ISBN 978-952-11-3848-5Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Sillanpää, V.: Measuring the impacts of welfare service innovations. Int. J. Prod. Perform. Manag. 62(5), 474–489 (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Clark, J.S., McGee-Lennon, M.R.: A stakeholder-centred exploration of the current barriers to the uptake of home care technologies. UK J. Assist. Technol. 5(1), 12–25 (2011)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Heart, T., Kalderon, E.: Older adults: are they ready to adopt health-related ICT? Int. J. Med. Inf. 82(11), 1–23 (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Baltes, P.B., Staudinger, U.M., Lindenberger, U.: Lifespan psychology: theory and application to intellectual functioning. Ann. Rev. Psychol. 50, 471–507 (1999)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Ryff, C.D., Singer, B.H.: Know thyself and become what you are: a eudaimonic approach to psychological well-being. J. Happiness Stud. 9(1), 13–39 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Bukov, A., Maas, I., Lampert, T.: Social participation in very old age: cross-sectional and longitudinal findings from BASE. Berlin aging study. J. Gerontol. Ser. B: Psychol. Sci. Soc. Sci. 57(6), 510–517 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Wilkie, R., Blagojevic-Bucknall, M., Belcher, J., Chew-Graham, C., Lacey, R.J., McBeth, J.: Widespread pain and depression are key modifiable risk factors associated social participation in older adults: a prospective cohort study in primary care. Medicine (Baltimore) 95(31), e4111 (2016). Scholar
  10. 10.
    Sugimoto, H., Demura, S., Nagasawa, Y.: Age and gender-related differences in physical functions of the elderly following one-year regular exercise therapy. Health 6, 792–801 (2014)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Glisky, E.L.: Changes in cognitive function in human aging. In: Riddle, D.R. (ed.) Frontiers in Neuroscience. Brain Aging: Models, Methods, and Mechanisms, pp. 3–20. CRC Press, Boca Raton (2007)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Park, D.C.: The basic mechanisms accounting for age-related decline in cognitive function. In: Park, D.C., Schwartz, N. (eds.) Cognitive Ageing: A Primer. Psychology Press (2012)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Utz, R.L., Carr, D., Nesse, R., Wortman, C.B.: The effect of widowhood on older adults’ social participation: an evaluation of activity, disengagement, and continuity theories. Gerontologist 42(4), 522–533 (2002)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Olphert, W., Damodaran, L., Balatsoukas, P., Parkinson, C.: Process requirements for building sustainable digital assistive technology for older people. J. Assist. Technol. 3(3), 4–13 (2009)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Mitzner, T.L., et al.: Older adults talk technology: technology usage and attitudes. Comput. Hum. Behav. 26(6), 1710–1721 (2010)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    van Dijk, J.A.G.M.: Digital divide research, achievements and shortcomings. Poetics 34(4–5), 221–235 (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. 17.
    Davis, F.D.: Perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and user acceptance of information technology. Manag. Inf. Syst. 13(3), 319–339 (1989)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Verkatesh, V., Morris, M.G., Davis, G.B., Davis, F.D.: User acceptance of information technology: toward a unified view. Manag. Inf. Syst. 27(3), 425–478 (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. 19.
    Flandorfer, P.: Population ageing and socially assistive robots for elderly persons: the importance of sociodemographic factors for user acceptance. Int. J. Popul. Res. 2012, 13 p. (2012). Article ID 829835CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. 20.
    Kötteritzsch, A., Weyers, B.: Assistive technologies for older adults in urban areas: a literature review. Cogn. Comput. 8(2), 299–317 (2016)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. 21.
    Mitzner, T.L., Chen, T.L., Kemp, C.C., Rogers, W.A.: Older adults’ needs for assistance as a function of living environment. In: Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society, 55th Annual Meeting (2011).
  22. 22.
    Ympäristöministeriö: Älyteknologiaratkaisut ikääntyneiden kotona asumisen tukena. Ympäristöministeriön raportteja, vol. 7 [Smart Technology Solutions Supporting Elderly’s Home Life. Support. Reports of Finnish Ministry of the Environment, vol. 7] (2017).
  23. 23.
    Rosenlund, M., Kinnunen, U.-M.: Ikäihmisten kokemukset terveydenhuollon sähköisten palvelujen käytöstä ja kokemusten hyödyntäminen palvelujen kehittämisessä - kuvaileva kirjallisuuskatsaus [The experience of older people with the use of healthcare electronic services and the utilization of the experience in service development - descriptive literature review]. Finn. J. eHealth eWelfare 10(2–3), 264–284 (2018)Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Tuohimaa, H., Ahonen, O., Meristö, T., Rajalahti, E.: E-health solutions as an opportunity for empowering responsibility. Interdisc. Stud. J. ISJ 3(4), 315–319 (2014)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Unit for Smart ServicesHäme University of Applied SciencesHämeenlinnaFinland
  2. 2.FuturesLab CoFiLaurea University of Applied SciencesLohjaFinland
  3. 3.NOVI Research CentreTampere University of TechnologyTampereFinland

Personalised recommendations