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Accepted Contribution:

Co-creating gerontechnologies with older adults through heterogeneities and vulnerabilities  
Katja Antonia Rießenberger (Bavarian Research Center for Digital Health and Social Care) Florian Fischer (Bavarian Research Center for Digital Health and Social Care) Karina Povse

Long abstract:

This contribution aims to outline and discuss the need for adequate representation of vulnerable populations in the co-creation of Gerontechnologies. The discussion delves into the ethical representation of the heterogeneity in old age and its enactment in co-creative Gerontechnology development. To engage with the critical issues of heterogeneity of old age we further consider intersecting categories such as gender, disability, and ethnic and racial diversity. We would like to debate the scope in which intersectionality, vulnerability, and their situatedness are inextricably linked as well as their impact on the co-creation of an app called “Nebolus”. This app serves as a case study to explore practices of representation, emphasizing the interplay and tensions among processes of inclusion and exclusion. Originally designed to enhance health literacy among younger people, by using a location-based game approach, we find ourselves navigating through the challenges of representation in Gerontechnology development while adapting and re-developing the “Nebolus” app to make it available, usable, and useful for older individuals.

Combined Format Open Panel P313
Making and doing ageing and technology
  Session 2