Mobile and wearable technology needs for aging in place: Perspectives from older adults and their caregivers and providers

Jing Wang, Deidra Carroll, Michelle Peck, Sahiti Myneni, Yang Gong

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9 Scopus citations

Abstract

There is an increasing number of wearable trackers and mobile devices in the burgeoning world of digital health, the purpose of the study is to explore the role of these mobile and wearable tools among older adults aging in place. We conducted a cross sectional study using individual interviews with older adults and surveys with their caregivers or providers. We interviewed 29 residents living in a retirement community, and surveyed 6 caregivers or providers. The older adults had an average age of 88 years, most did not express interests on technology and heavily relied on providers for health tracking, while their professional caregivers or providers saw a great need to access older adults' health information collected from these mobile and wearable tools. Educating the older old on the benefits of mobile and wearable tools may address such discrepancy on needs of adopting mobile and wearable tools for aging in place.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNursing Informatics 2016 - eHealth for All
Subtitle of host publicationEvery Level Collaboration - From Project to Realization
EditorsWalter Sermeus, Patrick Weber, Paula M. Procter
PublisherIOS Press
Pages486-490
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781614996576
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics, NI 2016 - Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: Jun 25 2016Jun 29 2016

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume225
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Conference

Conference13th International Conference on Nursing Informatics, NI 2016
CountrySwitzerland
CityGeneva
Period6/25/166/29/16

Keywords

  • Aging in place
  • Mobile health
  • Needs analysis
  • Older adults
  • Patient engagement
  • Wearable devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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