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    Linking the lonely: an exploration of a communication technology designed to support social interaction among older adults


    Garattini, Chiara and Wherton, Joseph and Prendergast, David (2012) Linking the lonely: an exploration of a communication technology designed to support social interaction among older adults. Universal Access in the Information Society, 11. pp. 211-222. ISSN 1615-5297

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    Abstract

    This article explores mixed methods data gathered from a pilot of a communication system prototype in the homes of 19 older adults over a period of 10 weeks. The system has been designed to enhance communication among both friends and strangers and has been developed as a possible tool to increase interaction in older adults suffering from social isolation and loneliness. The paper uses remote logging data to inform discussion of how such a technology was received and utilised over time in a home setting. Qualitative data gathered via entry and exit interviews, and weekly checkpoint calls were used to provide deeper insight into patterns and practices identified via the logs.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Information and communication technology; Ageing; Loneliness
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Anthropology
    Item ID: 11158
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-011-0235-y
    Depositing User: David Prendergast
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2019 15:33
    Journal or Publication Title: Universal Access in the Information Society
    Publisher: Springer Verlag
    Refereed: Yes
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