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Reassuring the Elderly Regarding the Use of Mobile Devices for Mobility

  • António Cunha
  • Paula Trigueiros
  • Tiago Lemos
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8515)

Abstract

People facing threats of mobility loss have their self-confidence shaken and tend to reduce their physical activity. As is well-known, the decreased physical activity, particularly for the elderly, is one of the factors that contribute to accelerating the deterioration of their health with consequent loss of autonomy and quality of life. Today, GPS-based technologies available on mobile devices offer many solutions to help guide users around much of the world. However, there are several known factors that act as barriers to the use of these technologies, such as user unfamiliarity with these devices, the complexity of geographical information and the difficulty of typing the origin and destination locations. In this paper we propose a solution for mobile devices that seeks to promote user confidence in daily mobility, especially among the elderly. We present the main system functionalities and the interface design.

Keywords

Active aging Mobile applications daily mobility 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • António Cunha
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paula Trigueiros
    • 3
    • 4
  • Tiago Lemos
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, UTADVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.INESC TEC - INESC Technology and Science (formely INESC Porto)Portugal
  3. 3.UNIDCOM/IADE – Unidade de Investigação em Design e ComunicaçãoPortugal
  4. 4.FEUP - Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do PortoPortugal

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