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A Usability Framework for the Design of Assistive Technology to Promote Aging in Place

A Usability Framework for the Design of Assistive Technology to Promote Aging in Place
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Author(s): Shirley Ann Becker (Florida Institute of Technology, USA) and Frank M. Webbe (Florida Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch120
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378

Abstract

A usability framework is proposed for designing assistive technology that meets the needs of older adult users. The framework is comprised of both requirements and profile components. The requirements component focuses on requirements specification from the perspective of technology, utility, and usability. The profile component encapsulates user requirements in terms of personal characteristics, normal aging factors, chronic health conditions, and other user characteristics that need to be accounted for in the design of assistive technologies.

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