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


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
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College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > Chronic and Communicable Conditions
College of Engineering & Physical 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
ISBN: 978-1-4503-4408-1
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 08:07
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Published Date: 2016-09-09
Accepted Date: 2016-05-01
Authors: Hakobyan, Lilit (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-9518-4997)
Lumsden, Jo (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8637-7647)
Shaw, Rachel L (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-0438-7666)
O'Sullivan, Dympna



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