Food for talk: Photo frames to support social connectedness for elderly people in a nursing home

Margit Biemans, Betsy van Dijk

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    Abstract

    Social connectedness is crucial to someone’s well-being. A case study is conducted to test whether the social connectedness of elderly people living in a nursing home and their family and friends can be improved through a photo frame. A SIM-based photo frame is used to keep the elderly people informed about the comings and goings of their loved ones. Eight elderly people living in a nursing home participated in this case study for 6-7 weeks. A content analysis of the photos revealed that the photos often were related to special events or holidays that happened in the past. Interviews indicated that the photos mainly served as food for talk, i.e. the photos initiated conversations between the elderly people mutually, with their family members and with the healthcare professionals. They all liked the photo frame and it didn’t serve as a means to exchange news, but as a catalyst to talk –mainly- about the past.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECCE '09: European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics
    Subtitle of host publicationDesigning beyond the Product - Understanding Activity and User Experience in Ubiquitous Environments
    EditorsLeena Norros, Hanna Koskinen, Leena Salo, Paula Savioja
    Place of PublicationHelsinki
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Pages147-154
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-6340-1
    ISBN (Print)978-951-38-6339-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event27th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2009: Designing beyond the Product – Understanding Activity and User Experience in Ubiquitous Environments - Helsinki, Finland
    Duration: 28 Sep 20092 Oct 2009
    Conference number: 27

    Conference

    Conference27th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics, ECCE 2009
    Abbreviated titleECCE
    CountryFinland
    CityHelsinki
    Period28/09/092/10/09

    Keywords

    • HMI-HF: Human Factors
    • User evaluation
    • Photo-sharing
    • Social connectedness

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