Engaging senior adults with technology for behavior change

Carlijn A.L. Valk, Peter Lovei, Yaliang Chuang , Yuan Lu, Pearl Pu, Thomas Visser

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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
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
CountryUnited Kingdom


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

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