FEIT Research Project Database

Emerging technologies for enrichment in old age

Project Leader: Jenny Waycott
Sponsors: ARC Future Fellowship
Primary Contact: Jenny Waycott (jwaycott@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: ageing; health and bioinformatics; interaction design
Disciplines: Computing and Information Systems
Domains: Networks and data in society

This project aims to generate knowledge about older adults' experiences with emerging technologies used for social and emotional enrichment. Technologies like virtual reality are said to offer social benefits for those in advanced old age, but we have limited knowledge about the issues that can impede older adults' experiences with these technologies and even cause harm for vulnerable users. Through a series of case studies of technologies in use, this project seeks to identify empirically informed strategies for good practice in the design and deployment of emerging technologies for enrichment in old age. Findings will inform the future ethical design and use of emerging technologies to benefit the social and emotional wellbeing of older adults.