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Accepted Paper:

Managing Healthy Aging in a smart mobile world  
Keren Mazuz (Hadassa Academic College Jerusalem)

Paper short abstract:

Digital technology holds a promise to improve older adults' well-being and promote ageing in place. it is important to investigate how elderly users feel about and engage with these technologies and by that construct the meaning of healthy aging

Paper long abstract:

Digital technology holds a promise to improve older adults' well-being and promote ageing in place. Much of this technology is designed to be fitted into the home to allow independent living for as long as possible.

Digital interventions using M-health, Assistive Technologies (ATs) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) may support elderly to improve their quality of life, improve physical and mental health status, and reduce caregivers burden. However, there are a variety of factors preventing elderly users to accept and actually use those technologies. Thus, it is important to investigate how elderly users feel about and engage with these technologies and by that construct the meaning of healthy aging. This paper based on a qualitative and quantitative study to explore elderly patients' perspectives and usability of a Smartphone app to improve adherence in fall prevention interventions.

Falls remain an important risk factor for elderly worldwide as the population gets older. In this research an app was developed and tested to facilitates elderly's' understanding of the interconnections between behavior, lifestyle and fall prevention. It designed to document fall events via a digital diary and recommending the user what is best to do to prevent fall. It was found that the mobile phone self-report system was reliable and perceived easy to use.

Panel P125
Horizons of ageing in and beyond Europe: later life experiences in a (im)mobile world [Age and Generations Network]