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Why older people accept or reject assistive technology


Author: Gitlin, L. N.
Year: 1995
Type: Journal Article


Our understanding of why older people choose to use or reject assistive devices is still rather formative. We know from research that it is a complex matter shaped by a variety of factors. These factors can be categorised as person-based (functional status, perceived need, personal evaluations of diasbility and devices); related to the natrure of the environment; and relating to the device itself (aesthetic quality, durability, ease of use and fit with the person and environment). Furthermore, the use of assistive devices occurs within a sociocultural context (e.g. not wishing to be seen as having a disability) which can have a powerful impact on whether devices are accepted into a person's daily public or private lives. The independent and joint influences of these factors for helping or hindering device use is little researched amongst older persons.

Further Details

Publish Dates Spring 1995
Volume 19
Issue 1
Accession Number September, 2011
Research Notes Electronic copy added 28/08/2013
Keywords oldermobilityassistive devicemodificationNorth AmericaEmotional

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