Designing for the Informatics Lifecourse and Ageing in Place

  • Noah LenstraEmail author
Part of the Human–Computer Interaction Series book series (HCIS)


This chapter integrates and builds on these two recent strands of HCI research focused on designing for and with older adults: (1) Examining how ageing members of particular communities appropriate technology and (2) Examining how technology practices of ageing adults evolve over time based on their diverse life experiences. Ethnographic fieldwork conducted during one year working with older adults learning technology in senior centres and public libraries found that knitting together these two topics required a new concept: the informatics lifecourse. This concept refers to how a person learns technology throughout the stages of his or her life as he or she ages in place. To understand how to design for the informatics lifecourse, this chapter focuses on three dimensions that shape how communities of older adults appropriate and use technology over time: (1) historically shaped subcommunities, (2) the availability of technology support within those communities, and (3) ageism. A conclusion suggests additional research needed to understand how to design technological infrastructures to support ageing in place.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of North Carolina at GreensboroGreensboroUSA

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