How In-Home Technologies Mediate Caregiving Relationships in Later Life

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Title: How In-Home Technologies Mediate Caregiving Relationships in Later Life
Authors: Huber, Lesa
Shankar, Kalpana
Connelly, Kay
Caine, Kelly E.
Camp, L. Jean
Walker, Beth Ann
Borrero, Lisa
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Date: 14-May-2013
Abstract: In-home technologies can support older adults' activities of daily living, provide physical safety and security, and connect elders to family and friends. They facilitate aging in place while reducing caregiver burden. One of older adults' primary concerns about in-home technologies is their potential to reduce human contact, particularly from cherished caregivers. In this exploratory in-situ study, we provided an ecosystem of networked monitoring technologies to six older adults and their caregivers. We analyzed the amount and content of communication between them. The amount of non-computer-mediated communication did not decrease through the six week study. The content of communication coalesced into four themes: communication about the technologies, communication facilitated by technologies, intrusiveness of technologies, and fun and playfulness with the technologies. Results suggest that in-home technologies, designed with sensitivity to older adults' primary motivations, have the potential to shape and tailor important relationships in later life.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Copyright (published version): 2012, Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Older adultsCaregiversIn-home technologiesRelationshipsCommunicationPrivacy
DOI: 10.1080/10447318.2012.715990
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Information and Communication Studies Research Collection

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