Technology to reduce social isolation and loneliness

Ron Baecker, Kate Sellen, Sarah Crosskey, Veronique Boscart, Barbara Barbosa Neves

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Abstract

Large numbers of individuals, many of them senior citizens, live in social isolation. This typically leads to loneliness, depression, and vulnerability, and subsequently to other negative health consequences. We report on research focused on understanding the communication needs of people in environments associated with social isolation and loneliness, and how technology facilitates social connection. Our work consists of successive iterations of field studies and technology prototype design, deployment, and analysis. Particular attention is paid to seniors in retirement communities and in long-term care settings (nursing homes). We present design implications for technology to enable seniors' social connections, the "InTouch" prototype that satisfies most of the implications, and a report on one older adult's experience of InTouch.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages27-34
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450327206
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventACM SIGACCESS International Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2014 - Rochester, United States of America
Duration: 20 Oct 201422 Oct 2014
Conference number: 16th

Publication series

NameASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Conference

ConferenceACM SIGACCESS International Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2014
Abbreviated titleASSETS 2014
CountryUnited States of America
CityRochester
Period20/10/1422/10/14

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • Communications technology
  • Field studies
  • Loneliness
  • Long-term care
  • Prototypes
  • Seniors
  • Social isolation

Cite this

Baecker, R., Sellen, K., Crosskey, S., Boscart, V., & Neves, B. B. (2014). Technology to reduce social isolation and loneliness. In ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 27-34). (ASSETS14 - Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2661334.2661375