Project aims and objectives

The project has generated new knowledge and understanding regarding the dynamics of ageing in relation to the dynamics of ICT use and development (see the project overview briefing paper for more details). The actual and potential barriers to sustained and effective use of ICTs by older people have been investigated and a range of potential sociotechnical solutions to these barriers explored. The project has produced the following outputs:

  • A conceptual model of the risks to sustaining digital engagement for older people (see Briefing Paper 1 for more details);
  • An innovative suite of tools, methods and guidance for working collaboratively, participatively and ethically with older people in research and in the design and development of ICT-based products and services (see Briefing Paper 2 and Briefing Paper 3 for more details);
  • An 'adaptivity framework' which has been applied to develop prototype software that helps to address problems encountered by people experiencing age-related changes in vision, dexterity and memory (see Briefing Paper 4 for more details);
  • A design catalogue of 40 product concepts aimed at the ICT industry to stimulate new product development for the older market (see Briefing Paper 4 for more details);
  • A user-generated strategy for provision of sustainable, community-based ICT learning and support for older people and a blueprint for design and implementation of such centres, with exemplars (see Briefing Paper 5 for more details).
  • Over 50 publications have been produced by the project team which document these outputs (see the publications list for more details).