Engaging senior adults with technology for behavior change

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Amidst today’s ever-expanding waistlines there is a clear need to investigate technology’s potential to support behavior change and stimulate increased physical activity. Physical activity has also been shown to increase the independence and well-being of older adults, yet an important segment of this community is often excluded from the necessary in-context research due to the barriers they face to technology acceptance. Currently, there is limited knowledge on how to overcome these barriers to participation. We created a specific Product Service System that supports older adults to engage with the proposed technological interventions to enable important in-context behavior change research. Our approach converges knowledge from the domains of living laboratories, co-design, and existing experience of design research with older adults. From our experiences with this Product Service System, we provide guidelines to support other researchers setting-up a living laboratory study with older adults to explore technology’s potential to motivate behavior change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Proceedings of Academy for Design Innovation Management
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2019
EventAcademy for Design Innovation Management - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Jun 201921 Jun 2019


ConferenceAcademy for Design Innovation Management
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Physical activity, Older adults, Behavior change, Living labs, technology acceptance


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    Bekker, M. M., Lu, Y., Valk, C., Chuang, Y., Schoumacher, J., Damen, A. A. J. M. & Wintermans, M. C.


    Project: Research direct

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