ShopComm: Community-Supported Online Shopping for Older Adults

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Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 2017, 242 pp. 175 - 182
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© 2017 The authors and IOS Press. All rights reserved. The United Kingdom has an ageing population whose members experience significant life transitions as they grow older, for example, losing mobility due to deteriorating health. For these adults, digital technology has the potential to sustain their independence and improve their quality of life. However older adults can be reluctant to use digital solutions. In this paper, we review a local charity providing a grocery shopping service for older adults who are unable to go themselves. We explore how older adults perceive the benefits and drawbacks of both physical and digital shopping. Using these insights, we designed ShopComm to enable and support older adults with mobility impairments to shop online.
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