Age and Interface: Equipping Older Adults with Technological Tools

We often observe that our grandparents face difficulty in using smartphones or computers. Older adults around the world experience physical, psychological, social and economic issues that hinder their learning processes and performing daily activities like younger adults. In 2019, statistics by Pew Research Center presented that only 53% of seniors (people aged 65 years+) owned smartphones. Gerontechnology refers to digital tools, assistive devices and new media platforms that are specially designed for older adults, the term itself is a portmanteau of gerontology and technology. It has been used in domains of domiciliary care, residences, post-retirement insurance, nursing homes and healthcare.

The audience will learn about the importance of Gerontechnology, AgeTech, assistive devices and the importance of implementing Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 while creating digital platforms.

The objective of this presentation and talk session is to promote digital literacy, to empower and build confidence among older adults.  This research will provide insights, factual data and introduce strategies to improve human-centred design services specific to the elderly population and anyone struggling with technology usage.

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Interest Area: International Date: May 3, 2023 Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Rittika Basu
Visual Designer • Merkle