Independent Aging with the Help of Smart Technology: Investigating the Acceptance of Ambient Assisted Living Technologies

Christina Jaschinski

Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research external, graduation UT

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Who takes care of our older adults? According to the European Union, smart technologies that support independent living and active aging, introduced as ‘Ambient Assisted Living’ (AAL), are the future for our aging population. Promises of AAL include saving long-term care costs, improving the quality of care, unburdening family caregivers, and increasing the older adults’ independence and overall quality of life. While the policy enthusiasm for AAL technology is high, it is unclear if the potential users of AAL are willing to embrace AAL technologies in their daily lives.

This dissertation addressed this issue by focusing on the perspective of older adults and their caregivers. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches, we developed a comprehensive and theoretically grounded understanding of how and why users perceive AAL technologies in a certain way. Important factors that drive or hinder the acceptance were identified. These insights resulted in a model of AAL acceptance that was validated in a representative sample (n = 1296) of the Dutch older adult population.

This dissertation contributes to a more user-driven approach in AAL research and development and has important implications for researchers, developers and policy makers alike. We hope that our results will guide future research efforts, design and policy directions in the AAL field.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Twente
  • van Dijk, Jan A.G.M., Supervisor
  • Ben Allouch, S., Co-Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date5 Oct 2018
Place of PublicationEnschede
Print ISBNs978-90-365-4634-8
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2018


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