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Can digital technology help older adults to remain social connected during covid-19?

During the outbreak of coronavirus in all European countries many researchers, health care professionals and policy makers have raised the concern of loneliness experienced by older adults during a time of social distancing. Loneliness, defined as a subjective experience of social isolation, have been considered a major health risk for adults aged 65 and over … Continue reading “Can digital technology help older adults to remain social connected during covid-19?”

Why is social uptake of interactive robots lagging behind in Europe?

The European Commission is funding INBOTS – Inclusive Robotics for a Better Society – with the purpose to create a community hub that can bring together experts to debate and create a responsible research and innovation paradigm for robotics. Work package 6 has the responsibility to find out how to promote acceptance and social uptake … Continue reading “Why is social uptake of interactive robots lagging behind in Europe?”

New study shows that older people’s involvement matters, but it hasn’t reached its full potential.

Among companies, engineers and policy-makers, involving older people in design projects is an intervention of increasing popularity.  Our new study just published shows that involving older people is important for engineers and older users, but current practices may miss opportunities.  In our study, we reviewed previous design projects that involved older people in design processes, … Continue reading “New study shows that older people’s involvement matters, but it hasn’t reached its full potential.”