Strengthening Connections: Intuitive Interfaces for Life Story Work in Elder Care

  • Mahdi ChakerEmail author
  • Michael Cimerola
  • Marietta Scanlon
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 528)


This paper presents Renewed Voice, a software application designed to replace the collection methodology of using paper survey forms to conduct Life Story Work (LSW) in a resident care community. Renewed Voice integrates multiple design elements customized for older adults including an intuitive user interface, larger fonts and navigational buttons, specific color and contrast schemes, standardized page layouts, a dynamic progression and completion rate, and touch screen capability. A trial version is currently being tested at a local personal care home and memory care community.


Software Life story work Survey Resident care Person-centered Quality of life Caregiver Older adults Intuitive User interface Touch screen Personal care home Memory care 



The authors would like to thank Phoebe Ministries for implementing the Renewed Voice system in their resident care facility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahdi Chaker
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Cimerola
    • 2
  • Marietta Scanlon
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer EngineeringPenn State UniversityState CollegeUSA
  2. 2.LifeCare Senior LivingAllentownUSA
  3. 3.College of EngineeringPenn State UniversityState CollegeUSA

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