Supporting emotional ties among Mexican elders and their families living abroad

Victor Gonzalez, Pedro C. Santana, Marcela D. Rodríguez, Víctor M. González, Luís A. Castro, Ángel G. Andrade

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    Abstract

    The aging of the population is a phenomenon faced by most nations, such as Mexico, where 7.5% of the population is older than 60 years, a significant proportion of whom live alone (10%). This fact is related with the ever increasing migration of one or more of their relatives, mostly to the USA. Our work aims to provide a technological solution that eases the isolation of elder people living alone in Mexico while their families are abroad. To envision and inform our design we interviewed independent old persons living alone. We propose an electronic family newspaper, through which elders and their families share information, personal reminiscences and cultural stories, and occasionally interact with each other. Through its functionality, the electronic newspaper enables elders not only to maintain close social ties, but ameliorate cognitive decline.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings|Conf Hum Fact Comput Syst Proc
    Pages2099-2103
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005 - Portland, OR
    Duration: 1 Jul 2005 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2005
    CityPortland, OR
    Period1/07/05 → …

    Keywords

    • Cognitive decline
    • Communication boards
    • Companionship
    • Digital photos
    • Elderly
    • Isolation
    • Sharing

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