Supporting memory and identity in older people: findings from a ‘Sandpit’ process

Lim, Chris S. C. and Frohlich, David M. and Ahmed, Amr (2011) Supporting memory and identity in older people: findings from a ‘Sandpit’ process. In: Include, 2011, April 2011.

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Abstract

Identity in old age is challenged by physical changes, evolving roles within the family, and life transitions such as retirement. Supporting identity is therefore important in later life, and might be assisted by media technologies which allow people to reflect on their lives, record their personal histories and share these with family, friends and caregivers. This possibility was explored in two creative ‘Sandpits’ with older people as part of the SUS-IT project, funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing programme in the UK. Discussions were held with PC and non-PC user groups of retirement age to understand memory and identity practices and elicit reactions to three novel product concepts. These included a Reminiscing Radio for life review, a Story Lamp for associating spoken stories with photographs and memorabilia, and a pair of virtual reality Travel Glasses for transporting you back to a special place in the past. The main findings of these discussions will be presented, along with concepts generated by the participants in a re-design exercise. This paper will also show how the sandpits enabled older people to be involved in the design process by allowing them to shape early design concepts through exploring their own ideas and motivations.

Keywords:Design, Older people, Design participation, Co-design, Quality of Life
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G490 Computing Science not elsewhere classified
G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G400 Computer Science
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
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ID Code:9627
Deposited On:27 May 2013 19:23

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