Wearables and wellness for the young elderly - transforming everyday lives

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List of Authors: Camilla Walden, Anna Sell
Editors: Andreja Pucihar, Ph.D., Mirjana Kljajić Borštnar, Ph.D., Christian Kittl, Ph.D., Pascal Ravesteijn, Ph.D., Roger Clarke, Ph.D., Roger Bons, Ph.D.
Publication year: 2017
Publisher: University of Maribor
Book title: 30th Bled eConference: Digital Transformation – From Connecting Things to Transforming Our Lives
ISBN: 978-961-286-043-1


Mobile and wearable technologies have unique
advantages within health and wellness. Current knowledge on wearables shows,
however, that users easily abandon them after an initial use period. We wanted
to investigate whether adding a social dimension to wearable use would be
valuable in the young elderly age group, and investigate user experiences of
wearables when introducing them to people not in the traditional target group
of fitness wearables and without previous experience of wearables. In this exploratory
study aimed at gaining a holistic picture to guide further research, we utilize
multiple research methods to gain rich data. We found that the young elderly
had a clear interest in the wearable. Introducing
a social dimension to the wearable seemed beneficial as the young elderly
quickly formed a both supportive and competitive relation. The social
connection formed through the device appeared to be value adding for the
participants and seems to at least partially address the previously identified

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