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A Preliminary Exploration of Technology Necessities Among Elderly Living Alone

  • Lin-Ya HuangEmail author
  • Chang-Franw Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9754)

Abstract

There were three in five of the elderly living alone in Taiwan considered continue living alone would be an ideal way of living in the future. Products and services not only support elderly living alone have the ability to live independently, but also to influence social network to the elderly living alone. Due to the lack of product and service targeting especially for elderly living alone that related to care and assist them to live independently, this research was designed as a preliminary exploration of technology necessities to provide insight into the issue. The findings suggest that (1) Life of living alone need to be simple for the elderly. (2) Sharing behavior might be the most opportunities to care . No matter how form of the product or service was, only in association with the encourage from stakeholders that elderly living alone would have more courage to try new things or to accept assistance.

Keywords

Elderly living alone Living technology Caring 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of DesignNational Yunlin University of Science and TechnologyDouliuTaiwan

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