Designing ICT to Support Positive Ageing in Saudi Arabia

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DIS '16 Companion Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, 2016, pp. 41 - 42
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In recent years, some HCI researchers (e.g., Durick et al. 2013 and Light et al 2015) pointed out that a dominant approach in ICT design for the aged is led by deficit models of ageing people; viewing the aged as a homogenous group of frail, needy, and passive people who are incapable of learning/using new ICTs. My research seeks to counter this dominant approach by focusing upon ways to design information and communication technologies (ICT) to support older people in Saudi Arabia to age-well. The positive approach I adopt will be grounded upon a more balanced picture of ageing people; looking at ageing as a process and describing it in terms of success, productivity, active participation and quality of life. Through this, I hope to offer approaches to ICT design that can support ageing people's independence and agency as they age.
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