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Developing radical-digital interventions to tackle loneliness amongst the elderly

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Publication date5/08/2015
Host publicationHuman aspects of IT for the aged population: design for everyday life
EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319209135
ISBN (Print)9783319209128
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Loneliness is a growing issue amongst older people and one popular approach to tackling it is by developing non-medical interventions such as befriending services, mentoring provisions, social clubs, etc. Our analysis reveals that these interventions are predominantly incremental-physical in nature and that there is a lack of radical-digital ones. In this paper we discuss the properties of digital technologies that can be potentially helpful for the elderly and we suggest that social innovation provides a robust theoretical framework to conceive radical-digital loneliness interventions. We also draw parallels between loneliness interventions based on social innovation and the emerging ‘sharing economy’ in the digital world and discuss the role of third paradigm of HCI research in this area.

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The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20913-5_16