Older People and Technological Inclusion: Multidisciplinary perspectives on contemporary realities and aspirationsOlder People and Technological Inclusion: Multidisciplinary perspectives on contemporary realities and aspirations
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Older People and Technological Inclusion: Multidisciplinary perspectives on contemporary realities and aspirations

A series of four seminars about older people and technological inclusion, funded by ESRC, took place between 2011 and 2013.

The seminar series aimed to explore the concept of technological inclusion in relation to older people's experiences of everyday life. Given that each older person - whether using technologies a lot or a little - has his or her own individual experiences and viewpoints, we also aimed to critically examine some different understandings of the use and usability of technologies.

In this series we wanted to:
  • undertake a multi-disciplinary exploration of underlying assumptions about the uses of technology by older people,
  • draw on different user perspectives about day-to-day engagement with technologies, personal responsibility, self-determination, and public/private relationships,
  • explore different concepts of usability and think about how these are influenced by life course,
  • examine ideas about barriers to the use of technology, and the ethical issues posed by their use
  • identify the commonalities and differences in the use of technology by older people and other groups that are considered to be technologically disadvantaged,
  • investigate how older users can and do adapt technologies to fulfil their personal needs and preferences
  • enable older people, and postgraduate students working in this field, to attend the seminars

ESRC - RES-451-26-0883

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