7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Sensor Monitoring in the Home: Giving Voice to Elderly People

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252060,
        author={Marije Kanis and Saskia Robben and Judith Hagen and Anne Bimmerman and Natasja Wagelaar and Ben Krose},
        title={Sensor Monitoring in the Home: Giving Voice to Elderly People},
        proceedings={7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2013},
        month={5},
        keywords={elderly-centred design ambient assisted living occupational therapists sensor monitoring sensor displays},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252060}
    }
    
  • Marije Kanis
    Saskia Robben
    Judith Hagen
    Anne Bimmerman
    Natasja Wagelaar
    Ben Krose
    Year: 2013
    Sensor Monitoring in the Home: Giving Voice to Elderly People
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252060
Marije Kanis1,*, Saskia Robben1, Judith Hagen1, Anne Bimmerman1, Natasja Wagelaar1, Ben Krose1
  • 1: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
*Contact email: m.kanis@hva.nl

Abstract

This paper describes the approach used to identify elderly people's needs and attitudes towards applying ambient sensor systems for monitoring daily activities in the home. As elderly are typically unfamiliar with such ambient technology, interactive tools for explicating sensor monitoring -an interactive dollhouse and iPad applications for displaying live monitored sensor activity data- were developed and used for this study. Furthermore, four studies conducted by occupational therapists with more than 60 elderly participants -including questionnaires (n=41), interviews (n=6), user sessions (n=14) and field studies (n=2)- were conducted. The experiences from these studies suggest that this approach helped to democratically engage the elderly as end-user and identify acceptance issues.