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Communication Needs of Elderly at Risk of Falls and their Remote Family

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Publication date6/05/2017
Host publicationCHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherACM
Pages2900-2908
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9781450346566
<mark>Original language</mark>English
EventCHI 2017 - Denver, United States

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ConferenceCHI 2017
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period6/05/1711/05/17
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ConferenceCHI 2017
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period6/05/1711/05/17
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Abstract

The aging population experiences increased health risks, both physical and emotional. Two such risks are those of isolation and falling. This papers draws from HCI literature in these two independent research areas to explore the needs of family communication with elderly parents at risk of falls. We report on a study with 7 elderly parents and 3 of adult children, as well as a group interview with 12 elderly living in a sheltered accommodation. Findings indicate important emotional needs on both parts: adult children’s anxiety for the wellbeing of their parents at risk of falls, and elderly’s need for autonomy and their appreciation for an aesthetic design. We concluded with implications of these findings for designing for family communication in this challenging context.

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© Owner/Author, 2017. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in CHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3027063.3053274