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Digital futures in an ageing society

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Jun 04

Speaker: Sanna Kuoppamäki
Presentation material: Sanna Kuoppamäki_Digital Futures 040620.pdf (pdf 1.5 MB)

Abstract: Older adults will soon constitute one of the fastest growing group of technology users. The population in Sweden and other western countries is ageing, and on the other hand, today older generations are more technologically skilled than ever before. This creates new opportunities for technological applications and design that extend themselves beyond health and welfare technologies. This presentation shows empirical case studies of older adults as technology users and media consumers to understand their needs, skills and behaviours from the life course perspective. How can we better understand technology users from different age groups? How can we create value for businesses and marketers and benefit the lives of older adults? When it comes to technology use, does age even matter?

Bio: Sanna Kuoppamäki, is a researcher (PhD) at the Division of Technology in Health Care, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH. Her expertise include digital technology use in the context of ageing, health and consumer studies. At the moment, she is involved in research projects related to welfare technology in home care services, adaptive intelligent systems, and mobile technology use in the lives of older adults. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and investigating technology use among different user groups.