A longitudinal evaluation of the acceptability and impact of a diet diary app for older adults with age-related macular degeneration

Hakobyan, Lilit, Lumsden, Jo, Shaw, Rachel L and O'Sullivan, Dympna (2016). A longitudinal evaluation of the acceptability and impact of a diet diary app for older adults with age-related macular degeneration. IN: MobileHCI'2016 : proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services. ITA: ACM.

Abstract

Ongoing advances in technology are increasing the scope for enhancing and supporting older adults’ daily living. The digital divide between older and younger adults raises concerns, however, about the suitability of technological solutions for older adults, especially for those with impairments. Taking older adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) as a case study, we used user-centred and participatory design approaches to develop an assistive mobile app for self-monitoring their intake of food [12,13]. In this paper we report on findings of a longitudinal field evaluation of our app that was conducted to investigate how it was received and adopted by older adults with AMD and its impact on their lives. Demonstrating the benefit of applying inclusive design methods for technology for older adults, our findings reveal how the use of the app raises participants’ awareness and facilitates self-monitoring of diet, encourages positive (diet) behaviour change, and encourages learning.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2935334.2935356
Divisions: Engineering & Applied Sciences > Computer Science
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences > Applied Health Research Group
Life & Health Sciences
Life & Health Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
Engineering & Applied Sciences > Aston STEM Education Centre
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Event Title: 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, MobileHCI 2016
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2016-09-06 - 2016-09-09
Uncontrolled Keywords: age-related macular degeneration (AMD),older adults,assistive technology,mobile apps,diet diary,health behaviour change,user-centered design (UCD),Computer Networks and Communications,Information Systems,Human-Computer Interaction,Software
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Published Date: 2016-09-09
Authors: Hakobyan, Lilit ( 0000-0001-9518-4997)
Lumsden, Jo ( 0000-0002-8637-7647)
Shaw, Rachel L ( 0000-0002-0438-7666)
O'Sullivan, Dympna

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