Interactive Gallery: Enhance social interaction for elders by story sharing

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At present, the most effective way to deal with the demographic shift of elders is encouraging them to live in nursing homes for more effective health care. However, such move dramatically increases their risk of social isolation. A contextual inquiry in a local nursing home revealed that most elderly people have few connections with the outside environment because of their decreased mobility and have difficulty establishing relationships with fellow residents. In addition, they show great interests in sharing stories. Based on the above findings, we present Interactive Gallery, a system consisting of a cluster of specially designed camera kits and a gallery-like interactive installation utilized with the metaphor of gallery and postcards. This system aims to make the elders feel more connected to the outside environment, stimulate them to reminisce, and further facilitate their sharing of stories with fellow residents and citizens from local communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Digital Cultural Heritage - International Workshop, Revised Selected Papers
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319757889
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventInternational Workshop on Advances in Digital Cultural Heritage, 2017 - Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 28 Jun 201728 Jun 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceInternational Workshop on Advances in Digital Cultural Heritage, 2017


  • Elderly
  • Interactive installation
  • Social interaction
  • Story
  • Tangible interface


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