How technology in everyday lives is perceived by the oldest old
2009 (English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
This article elucidates how old people apprehend the technology they use and meet in their everyday life. Eighteen individuals, all being among the oldest old, have been interviewed. Their experiences of, possession, use and attitude towards technology are highlighted. The findings can be separated into four categories: "Perceptions of technology‟, "Technology holdings‟, "Handling technology‟ and "Compensatory technology in old age‟. In public policy the importance of technology for independence and participation is emphasized. It is commonly argued that technology advances would benefit older people. This is not supported by the attitude towards technology the participants in this study express. The result underlines that technology must be experienced as beneficial to be appropriated into the daily doings. The perspective of old people themselves has to be addressed in order to understand which technological solutions they will find helpful, rather than stigmatizing or too complicated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elderly, environment, artefacts, user perspective, everyday life, assistive
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17562OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17562DiVA: diva2:210355