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      Designing for Elders: Exploring the Complexity of Relationships in Later Life

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      People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction (HCI)

      Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction

      1 - 5 September 2008

      Elder, senior, old age, gerontology, reciprocity, asymmetry, autonomy, reassurance, roles, intimacy, engagement, play, family, intergenerational relationships

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          We present a review of literature from the fields of gerontology, HCI and human factors, which focus on the nature of family and peer relationships in old age. We find both simplistic, prevailing models of what it means to be old, as well as deeper insights which often belie these models. In addition, we discover that new technologies are often also based on quite simple assumptions, but that their deployment points to a more complex reality. This paper considers a number of perspectives on relationships in later life, critiques the assumptions underscoring them, and presents an alternative view which we believe is more in line with the perspective of elderly people themselves. We end by discussing what this means in terms of designing new technologies for older people.

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          Conference
          September 2008
          September 2008
          : 77-86
          Affiliations
          Microsoft Research Cambridge

          7 JJ Thomson Avenue

          Cambridge, CB3 0FB, UK

          +44 (0) 1223 479824
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          10.14236/ewic/HCI2008.8
          © Siân E. Lindley et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction

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          People and Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction
          HCI
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          Conference Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
          1 - 5 September 2008
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Computers XXII Culture, Creativity, Interaction
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