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Supporting peace of mind and independent living with the Aurama awareness system

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Author: Dadlani Mahtani, P. · Markopoulos, P. (Univ. Eindhoven) · Sinitsyn, A.G. · Aarts, E.H.L.
Type:article
Date:2011-05-11
Embargo lifted:2011-05-11
Publisher: IOS Press
Institution: Philips Research
Source:Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments; authors version
Identifier: MS 32.182
Keywords: ambient assisted living · ambient intelligence · assisted living · awareness · awareness systems · context awareness · elderly care · social connectedness
Rights: (c) IOS Press

Abstract

An awareness system was designed to provide peace of mind and a sense of connectedness to adults who care for an elderly parent living alone. The iterative design of the Aurama awareness system showed andour empirical research, including field trials ranging from four tosix months, confirm the potential of awareness systems to support both generations suggesting that future research should examine, firstly, how to convey long-term trends regarding the wellbeing of the elderly and, secondly, how to intertwine the communication of awareness information with expressive forms of communication. We further explore the role that formal care providers can play when caring for the elderly using the awareness system. We discuss implications of our studies for the design of ambient intelligent systems supporting awareness between elderly, their adult children and care providers, and derive several lessons learned in conducting long-term field trials.

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