Mobile AgeCI: Potential Challenges in the Development and Evaluation of Mobile Applications for Elderly People

  • Stefan DiewaldEmail author
  • Barbara Geilhof
  • Monika Siegrist
  • Patrick Lindemann
  • Marion Koelle
  • Martin Halle
  • Matthias Kranz
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9520)


Designing mobile applications for elderly users can be very challenging. Their heterogeneous prior knowledge and abilities make user-centered design processes difficult. For that reasons, some measures are necessary to make the applications usable the majority of elderly people and to get useful feedback during the evaluation. In this paper, we summarize central challenges we faced during the user-centered development of a mobile fitness application for seniors. We address differences in interaction, trust issues, fears, functional complexity, and aspects of motivation. Based on these experiences, we present suggestions that can be useful for the future development and evaluation of mobile (fitness) applications for elderly people.



This research was supported in part by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF, project PASSAge, funding number 16SV5748). Further information on the project can be found on


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Diewald
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Geilhof
    • 2
  • Monika Siegrist
    • 2
  • Patrick Lindemann
    • 3
  • Marion Koelle
    • 3
  • Martin Halle
    • 2
  • Matthias Kranz
    • 3
  1. 1.Chair of Media Technology, Distributed Multimodal Information Processing GroupTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Department for Prevention, Rehabilitation and Sports MedicineTechnische Universität MünchenMunichGermany
  3. 3.Lehrstuhl für Informatik mit Schwerpunkt Eingebettete SystemeUniversität PassauPassauGermany

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