Eight challenges that technology can help the elderly with

The goal of the project  “Assisted Living”  is to promote responsible research and innovation in welfare technology. Through dialogue with the elderly themselves, the researchers will get to know more about what wishes and needs they have in everyday life. We have talked to residents at the care centre on Skøyen in Oslo. Some of those we have talked to have mild cognitive impairment.

Eight needs and challenges

The article lists, among other things, eight points that are the most critical needs/challenges.

  1. Fear of falling, injuring oneself and not getting help.
  2. To be able to be out of the house in the fresh air and, at the same time, be safe.
  3. The opportunity is to orientate oneself at night.
  4. Master the technology; many have so-called “button phobia”,, i.e. fear of using too small buttons, unknown user interfaces and forgetting passwords/codes.
  5. Social contact, both outside and inside the care, has a centre.
  6. Security at home is such as getting help quickly enough when needed.
  7. It was getting good and enough sleep.
  8. Do the best you can on your own.

Overall, there are three needs, in particular, that stand out in our preliminary results.

  1. The necessity of stopping autonomous and in command of your private life is. Many people are afraid to bother family and friends.
  2. The desire is to remain active and fears that dependence on others or systems may impair their impaired cognitive abilities.
  3. For many, security outweighs privacy.

 The method developed by the Technology Council

The Technology Council’s project managers Adele Flakke Johannessen and Hilde Lovett, are two scientific articles’ authors.

  • The Technology Council has been responsible for developing the dialogue café method, and we have arranged three dialogue cafés with the residents at Omsorg + on Skøyen. Here we have used illustrations and comics to make the technology easier to understand. We have also let the residents test simple technology to show that it works, says project manager Adele Flakke Johannessen.
  • It has also been essential to reflect on any relevant technologies’ concerns and add project manager Hilde Lovett.

The researchers will investigate how the participants experience the technology and alternate between using and not using the technology. You will also improve the technology based on feedback from users.

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