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How older people with and without cognitive impairments are using everyday technology and how the technology affects everyday life

30 January, 1-3pm (Iris Murdoch Building Conference Suite, University of Stirling)

Technology use is often vital in today’s society, and peoples’ participation in everyday life is increasingly influenced by the development and use of everyday technology (ET) such as smart phones, computers, remote controls and automatic ticket machines. Older adults with cognitive impairment due to dementia or mild cognitive impairment have been found to perceive less ET as being relevant to use and also they have lower ability to use the ET than those with no known cognitive impairment. However, there are overlaps between the groups in both relevance and ability. Additionally, in recent years there has been an increased emphasis on participation in society for people with different kinds of functional impairments. This requires an accessible society. Much focus has been placed on physical accessibility, while little is known of the cognitive aspects of accessibility including use of technology as an important aspect. Consequently, since ET more and more is a prerequisite for performance of daily activities at home and in public space we need to develop supporting interventions for people demonstrating problems in ET use. Instead of development of new technologies for these groups, such interventions should built upon all the ETs that are currently used.

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Camilla Malinowsky is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Sweden. Camilla's research focuses on the match between technology users with cognitive impairment and the requirement everyday technology (including e-Health technology) puts on them.Her reseach also includes studies of the conditions for participation in public space and society outside the home for people with cognitive impairment. Read more.


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