Age and experience: ludic engagement in a residential care setting

Blythe, Mark, Wright, Peter, Bowers, John, Boucher, Andy, Jarvis, Nadine, Reynolds, Phil and Gaver, Bill (2010) Age and experience: ludic engagement in a residential care setting. In: DIS '10: Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. ACM, New York, US, pp. 161-170. ISBN 9781450301039

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The 'older old' (people over eighty) are a largely invisible group for those not directly involved in their lives; this project explores the ways that technology might strengthen links between different generations. This paper describes findings from a two-year study of a residential care home and develops the notion of cross-generational engagement through ludic systems which encourage curiosity and playfulness. It outlines innovative ways of engaging the older old through 'digital curios' such as Bloom, the Tenori On and Google Earth. The use of these curios was supplemented with portraiture by three local artists, nine school children and the field researcher. The paper describes four technological interventions: 'video window', 'projected portraiture', 'blank canvas', and 'soundscape radio'. These interventions attempt to reposition 'off the shelf' technologies to provide a space for cross-generational engagement The notion of interpassivity (the obverse of interaction) is explored in relation to each intervention.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: DIS '10: Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2010, Aarhus Denmark, 16-20 Aug 2010
Uncontrolled Keywords: User Experience, Older people, Residential Care, Cross generational engagement, Inter-passivity
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2023 08:59

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