Barriers in Using the Computer by the Elderly PopulationBy Mann, William; Belchior, Patricia; 2003 International Conference on Aging, Disability, and Independence, pp. 132-133
Publication Date: May 2004
Study conducted to explore the barriers faced by older adults when attempting to operate a computer. Computer can be important among this population because of its potential to enhance self-esteem, provide recreation and mental stimulation, and improve feelings of well-being and satisfaction. Internet use can increase social interaction, while computer games can help to improve concentration and memory. A mail survey focused on older adults with disabilities from across the United States, while telephone and face-to-face interviews were conducted with participants in Florida, California, and Buffalo, New York. The researchers found that the main barriers to successful computer use by older people were screen and keyboard sizes, and difficulty in controlling a mouse. The authors contend that the study has implications for the use of assistive technology such as trackballs and voice recognition software.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Successful Aging (RERC-Tech-Aging) (Website:http://www.phhp.ufl.edu/centers/rerc.htm)