A longitudinal study on smartphone use by older adults in Porto, coordinated by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS‘ Human-Centered Design team, is being set-up. Participants were recruited by COLABORAR and are ready to begin this longitudinal study.
Using a qualitative research approach, researchers of the Human-Centered Design team of Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS are starting a longitudinal study of over a one-year. This study aims to better understand how people use their smartphone and the possible changes in the patterns of its use over the time.
Participants will use a costumized senior-friendly smartphone app that enables them to perform common mobile tasks such as sending messages, make calls and taking photos. Emergency calls and help requests are also available. They can use the medication reminder app, as well as a navigational application. Smartphone-based monitoring of older adults is part of this study; for this purpose, activity level monitoring and fall detection apps are included. This monitoring is made possible through the use of a wearable device — the GoLiveClip. In addition, users can receive remote help from a caregiver who will use a web application.
The modules of the app won several prizes: Google, Vodafone, Zon and World Summit Award Mobile. All modules of the app were developed according to the needs of older adults and were tested by COLABORAR volunteers. Data collection will be made remotely in natural settings and every three months through in-person evaluations at Fraunhofer AICOS. This study will enable to understand how older adults use tools to prevent isolation, promote their autonomy, safety and quality of life.
COLABORAR recruited more than 50 older adults interested in participating in this study. They are enthusiasts about technology, although not all of them own a smartphone. This enables us to have individuals with different digital skills in the sample, making the sample more representative of the population of older adults.
COLABORAR attended the “Ethics Committee of the University of Porto Day” on April 11 at Salão Nobre of Oporto University Rectorate building.
The new Academic Code of Ethical Conduct of the University of Porto was offically presented in this event. It is of our interest to fully comply with the highest ethical standards and regulations regarding ethical issues in research. Our aim is to maintain excellence and integrity in conducting research, respecting the rights and dignity of others.
In this event we got to know the general principles to which we intend to adhere when conducting research activities. We were presented with a paper copy of the ethics code, which will be made available in digital format as well.
Next month Centro de Convívio para Idosos do Bonfim (Living Center for Seniors of Bonfim) will close its doors. The users will move to a new centre and, while we hope that new centre will join COLABORAR, we are certain that we will miss the people and the old and beautiful building.
We will not forget the incredibly warm people from CCIB nor the moments of joy we had at the centre.
Thank you for being part of COLABORAR and for having accompanied our history and victories. Thank you for sharing with us your concerns, difficulties, battles, reasons for pride and happiness. We have learned many things about the Third Age and people in general. This helped us on our research work and, most of all, enriched us as persons.
Almost 15 seniors of Oporto joined the more than 400 users of COLABORAR. The project was recently presented at Informatics classes for seniors and all adhered to this group that helps create technological solutions to improve well-being amongst elderly people.
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At COLABORAR we value the proximity with users. With the goal of becoming closer to participants and the public in general, COLABORAR created its Facebook page with exclusive news about the project.
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Fraunhofer AICOS’s researchers are still evaluating the fall risk of the Portuguese senior population through a smartphone application, for the project FCC – Fall Risk Assessment.
The evaluation is consists of a physical test and questionnaires, both supported by the software developed for smartphones.
As always, we count on our COLABORAR friend’s readiness to help, who constitute a sample of the Portuguese senior population.
It is so motivating to see older adults using interfaces for tablets especially designed by Fraunhofer AICOS for them!
To participate, sign up here.
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If you are over 50 and you want to keep up to date with new technologies and help design technologies that seniors just love, join us on COLABORAR. Sign up here and we will contact you soon.
COLABORAR just created a Hall of Fame on its Website, making known some of the senior volunteers of the user network COLABORAR.
The volunteers are sharing their experiences of participating on this project. Their words show the enthusiasm about being part of this user network and this fantastic project that brings together seniors and researchers on projects that are shaping a brighter future for all of us.
More than participants in research for new technologies, we can say that three years after the beginning of the project, we have friends who enrich us both professionally and personally.
At Fraunhofer AICOS, the Hall of Fame holds a special place on the hall of the Living Lab.
COLABORAR is a project that brings together seniors and researchers in the process of user-centered design, which is very important in research and development projects in the area of Information and Communication Solutions targeting older adults.
Seniors will learn more about technologies while enjoying to help build easy and useful solutions for other seniors!
Institutions can sign up here.