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Designing a Wellness Self-Management Tool for Older Adults – Results from a Field Trial of YourWellness

Doyle, Julie and Walsh, Lorcan and Sassu, Antonella and McDonagh, Teresa Designing a Wellness Self-Management Tool for Older Adults – Results from a Field Trial of YourWellness. 8th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare. (In Press)

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Abstract

It is recognized that empowering individuals to manage their own health and wellbeing will result in more cost-effective healthcare systems, improved health outcomes and will encourage healthy individuals to remain that way. With the advent of the quantified-self movement in recent years, there has been an increase in technology applications supporting wellness self-management. Such applications allow people to self-track and self-report, with many providing feedback. However, little research in this area has examined how best to support older adults in health self-management. This paper reports findings from a 5-month home deployment of YourWellness – an application that supports older adults in self-reporting on their wellbeing and provides feedback to promote positive wellbeing management. Our findings contribute to a greater understanding of older adults’ attitudes and behaviours in relation to wellbeing self-management that can facilitate the creation of new, personalized health and wellbeing interventions for this population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Older adults; Wellness; Self-management; Feedback.
Subjects: Computer Science
Social Sciences > Older people
Psychology
Research Centres: CASALA
Depositing User: Julie Doyle
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2014 10:09
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 16:10
URI: http://eprints.dkit.ie/id/eprint/359

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