Design for Aging: Enhancing Everyday Technology Use

Marita A. O'Brien, Wendy A. Rogers

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Modern technology incorporates a wide range of digital technologies, including those created specifically for everyday tasks typically operated in stand-alone mode. Yet, innovations in mobile technologies and the Internet influence design and adoption of these everyday technologies by introducing new interaction techniques and by providing access to information and people that facilitate effective use. This chapter describes best practices and challenges for enabling older adults to adopt everyday technologies transformed by technology innovations. First, the authors define everyday technologies and known factors influencing successful use including environmental support and context of use. Then, they discuss issues and challenges of design for everyday technologies and summarize the factors that influence everyday technology use in a conceptual diagram. The authors also present recommendations for specific constituents that may improve technology adoption by older adults. Lastly, they discuss future opportunities for enhancing everyday technology use with good design, useful support, and appropriate innovations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngaging Older Adults with Modern Technology
Subtitle of host publicationInternet Use and Information Access Needs
EditorsRobert Z Zheng, Robert D Hill, Michael K Gardner
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781466619678
ISBN (Print)9781466619661
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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