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Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
Accessible Technology for Seniors
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Accessible Technology for Seniors

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Invited lecture on accessible technology at the Seniors Housing Forum 2009 in Calgary

Invited lecture on accessible technology at the Seniors Housing Forum 2009 in Calgary

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  • So I’ve been asked to give a talk about accessible technology in the home, so I thought I would start with WHY IS TECHNOLOGY IMPORATNT.As baby boomers and their parents get older they will want access to a wide array of technologies (although some may not even know it yet)
  • As baby boomers and their parents get older they will want access to a wide array of technologies (although some may not even know it yet)
  • Now I will mainly be talking about easy computer technology, but to begin, I will briefly review other accessible technologies that exist in the market today!
  • However, when I was designing an easy to use computer interface I also came up with these other important design considerations:In the end however, there is no substitute for testing with actual user and getting their feedback on what they want and what they find confusing or difficult.
  • However, when I was designing an easy to use computer interface I also came up with these other important design considerations:In the end however, there is no substitute for testing with actual user and getting their feedback on what they want and what they find confusing or difficult.
  • Why is easy computer
  • We believe SoftShell is part of a larger trend of Seniors finally getting engaged with computers… For example this touchscreen PC was $2000 last year, but is $1400 today. In every industry, today’s cutting edge features becomes tomorrow’s standard requirements (for example, ABS breaks used to be luxury, now they are standard)SoftShell is at the foreront of this trend, and we are looking for a partner to capitalize on this emerging market.
  • As we age individuals can become afflicted by vision loss, hearing loss, and mobility as well as dexterity issues that
  • However, when I was designing an easy to use computer interface I also came up with these other important design considerations:In the end however, there is no substitute for testing with actual user and getting their feedback on what they want and what they find confusing or difficult.
  • So given all these challenges and lots of testing with users this was the interface I came up with.Instead of all the features of Windows, PointerWare only has 4 primary features….This easy to use interface is currently being used by over 600 seniors across Canada and the US with great success….
  • The feedback that we have received from creating this special computer interface has been phenemonal because it has really helped a population that had never used computers before, Connect with their family,Give them a sense of empowerment with technology because they are able to use the computer on their ownRegular email correspondence with family has already helped to reduce social isolation in fragile populationsAnd many studies have shown the cognitive health benefits of game playBUT…don’t just take this from me. Let’s watch a video interview of our users.
  • Now to be able to use easy to use computer software like PointerWare you need to have a computer!The good news is that you can probably run software on your existing PC, BUT if you do need to be a new computer, their price has been dropping significantly over the past couple years.Easy to use technologies such as touchscreen computers have dropped from over $2000 last year to $1200 for this HP Touchsmart. Only last month, a new computer, the ASUS EEE Top also came out and this computer can be purchased for $700 CDN and it is a 15.6”…..
  • If you already have a computer and just want to buy a new computer screen.I recommend at least 19” to ensure a large viewing area. You can buy regular LCDs for…
  • If you want to try out the software yourself you can
  • Thanks for your time everyone!If you have any questions please feel free to ask them now or to come up and say hello to me and try the computer by the booth over there. Thanks everyone!
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    • 1. Accessible Technology for Seniors<br />May 1, 2009<br />
    • 2. Seniors and Technology<br />As boomers and seniors get older they will want access to a wide array of technology to:<br />Keep in touch with family and friends<br />Maintain home safety and security<br />Partake in continuous learning<br />Contribute to society<br />Keep mentally active<br />Access health related solutions in the home<br />
    • 3. Seniors and Technology<br />Seniors and their children will seek solutions for both their home and their continuing care facilities<br />
    • 4. Health Technology<br />Prescription Tracking<br />Medication Reminders<br /><ul><li>Cognitive Fitness
    • 5. Auditory and Visual Acuity training
    • 6. Dementia and Alzheimers
    • 7. Telemedicine
    • 8. Diabetes Monitoring</li></li></ul><li>Home Technology<br />Safety and Security<br />Home Monitoring<br />Automatic light and temperature control<br />Home sensors relay information to caregivers<br />
    • 9. Communication Technology<br />Phones<br />Jitterbug<br /><ul><li>Email, Internet and Photos
    • 10. PointerWare
    • 11. Big Screen Live
    • 12. Generations Online</li></li></ul><li>Why is simple software important?<br /><ul><li>Consider the Windows alternative:
    • 13. 1,000,000 and 1 features
    • 14. Desktop, icons, file system
    • 15. Overlapping Windows
    • 16. Viruses and malware</li></li></ul><li>Statistics<br />55% of Seniors claim that computers are “Hard to learn to use”<br /> [Source: Healthy@Home, March 2008, AARP survey.]<br />Many Seniors aren’t online because:<br />39% of respondents: “Never learned how”<br />31% of respondents: “It’s too complicated”<br /> [Source: EHealth and the Elderly, 2004, Kaiser Family Foundation ]<br />
    • 17. Accessible Technology<br />As individuals age, they may be affected by:<br />Vision loss<br />Mobility challenges<br />Hearing difficulty<br />Dexterity issues<br />Memory loss<br /><ul><li>The design of accessible technology must be informed by these challenges!</li></li></ul><li>Accessible Technology Design<br />Design considerations for computer technology:<br />Font size<br />Button size<br />Color contrast<br />Complexity (Ex. Number of features)<br />Prior knowledge required (Ex. How to use a mouse?)<br />Learning curve<br />Memory (How many steps are involved?)<br />There is NO SUBSTITUTE for feedback from real users!<br />
    • 18. PointerWare: Easy Software<br />
    • 19. PointerWare: Benefits<br /><ul><li>Keeping Families in Touch – Family members are amazed when they receive a voicemail for the first time from their mom or dad!
    • 20. Empowerment and independence – Learning how to use a computer on their own is liberating and empowering!
    • 21. Reduced Loneliness – Email and photos help bridge the long distances between seniors and their family
    • 22. Mental Health –Games providing cognitive stimulation can lower the risk of dementia by as much as 63%2</li></ul>2New England Journal of Medicine – June 2003<br />
    • 23. Computer Hardware<br />Accessible hardware has been dropping in price!<br />Need to buy a new computer?<br />HP Touchsmart ($1200 +)<br />Includes 22” Touchscreen + Computer<br />Asus EEE Top ($700)<br />15.6” Touchscreen + Computer<br />
    • 24. Computer Hardware<br />Need a new computer screen?<br />LCD 19”: $250<br />ELO 19” Touchscreen : $770<br />
    • 25. Want a live demonstration?<br />Visit your closest Revera residence:<br />McKenzie Towne Retirement Residence <br />20 Promenade Park SE<br />The Renoir<br />9229 - 16 Street SW<br />
    • 26. Questions?<br />“Gray is Good! Accessible technology for the elderly is a top trend over the next 24 months.”<br />Duncan Stewart, Director of Research, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (Deloitte)  - Investor Presentation April 2008<br />

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