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Evaluation of Technology-Based Service Scenarios for Supporting Independent Living

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5 Author(s)
Kentta, O. ; VTT Tech. Res. Centre of Finland, Tampere ; Merilahti, J. ; Petakoski-Hult, T. ; Ikonen, V.
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To develop technology-based service solutions for supporting the independent living of elderly citizens, we conducted a user assessment study. Six different service scenarios were created and analyzed in six focus groups by young adults, elderly, and health-care professionals (n=29). Results show that safety was viewed as the most significant aspect. The study also showed that independent of age, most individuals take interest in health related issues only when a clear threat is posed, even though health in general is considered an important issue in life.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2007. EMBS 2007. 29th Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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22-26 Aug. 2007