An Information-Centric Framework for Mobile Collaboration Between Seniors and Caregivers that Balances Independence, Privacy, and Social Connectedness
Participating in intellectually and socially complex activities provides cognitive benefits to older adults . Socially engaged seniors tend to live longer , experience fewer depressive symptoms, self-report lower disability levels, and demonstrate higher levels of cognitive function  and lower incidence rates of dementia . However, as complexity of knowledge, size of caregiver circle, and reliance on computers are all increasing, seniors need to maintain their sense of control and independence in their information-centered activities, as well as be able to access reliable trusted information sources. Therefore, our research goal is to develop a theoretical framework for intelligent assistive technologies that provide information-managing support and autonomy to older adults while alleviating the burden on caregivers. This framework will be tested and deployed as a collaborative mobile tool that facilitates information seeking and sharing, increases seniors’ confidence in the information presented, and satisfies their need of privacy and independence.
KeywordsCollaborative Independence Assistive technology Socio-technical environments Social connectedness Aging Caregiving
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