Travelling with my soulmate: participatory design of a mHealth travel companion for older adults with cognitive impairments

Lex van Velsen, Marit Dekker van Weering, Floor Luub, Astrid Kemperman, Margit Ruis, Judith Urlings, Andrea Grabher, Marlene Mayr, Martijn Kiers, Tom Bellemans, An Neven

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Abstract

Abstract: Mobility is an important factor in the coming about of quality of life of older adults. In this article, we discuss the participatory design process of a mobile mobility aid for older adults (SOULMATE), which resulted in a service model and functional specifications. We conducted 12 design sessions in Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands, in which we involved older adults and other stakeholders. The main values that older adults seek to satisfy, with respect to mobility, are comfort, speed, and affordability. They also experience a myriad of problematic situations while travelling, such as complicated ticketing systems for public transport. Participants’ thoughts on the role of technology and their reactions towards existing applications resulted in a service model for SOULMATE that consists of four modules: Travel planning, assistance, discovery and training. Their functioning is detailed in a list of (non)functional requirements. As a next step, prototypes of the SOULMATE technolog y will be developed and tested iteratively.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICT4AWE 2019 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health
EditorsLeszek Maciaszek, Martina Ziefle
PublisherSCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda.
Pages38-47
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-758-368-1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, (ICT4AWE2019) - Heraclion, Greece
Duration: 2 May 20194 May 2019
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Conference

Conference5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, (ICT4AWE2019)
Abbreviated titleICT4AWE2019
CountryGreece
CityHeraclion
Period2/05/194/05/19
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Keywords

  • Cognitive Impairments
  • MHealth
  • Mobility
  • Older Adults
  • Participatory Design
  • Travel Aid

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van Velsen, L., Dekker van Weering, M., Luub, F., Kemperman, A., Ruis, M., Urlings, J., ... Neven, A. (2019). Travelling with my soulmate: participatory design of a mHealth travel companion for older adults with cognitive impairments. In L. Maciaszek, & M. Ziefle (Eds.), ICT4AWE 2019 - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (pp. 38-47). SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda.. https://doi.org/10.5220/0007680200380047