Sus-IT: Sustaining IT use by older people to promote autonomy and independence
Sus-IT is a research project funded by the
New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA) initiative, the largest research programme on ageing ever mounted in the UK. Research under the New Dynamics of Ageing programme will impact on policy decisions and scientific, technology and design choices that will make sure that older people will enjoy better quality lives.
Here you can find out more about what our research involves, read our publications and find out how you can participate in our research.
The Sus-IT research project is:
- understanding the challenges faced by older people using computers;
- identifying ways to help older people to be confident and competent users of computers and other digital products; and
- exploring how older people can be helped to keep using computers and other digital products if their capabilities and circumstances change.
What older people say about computers
There are many ways in which new digital technologies such as computers and the internet can improve the quality of life for older people, and help them to stay independent. Growing numbers of older people are enthusiastically learning and using these technologies. This is what some of them have told us:
"I send emails daily to my daughter. It's great, there's an
"I'm familiar with the computer. You can do so much with it."
But many others experience difficulties with technology:
"I'm always afraid of pressing the wrong button and messing
"My computer is in cobwebs."
"I give up... I haven't got the confidence."
The Sus-IT research project will investigate the barriers and problems that lead to these difficulties, and will identify solutions to help 'silver surfers' to keep surfing for as long as possible!