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Author(s): Ricardo Franco Araújo
Title: Aging and technology: a living lab cohort characterization
Issue Date: 2020-07-23
Description: Senior cohort studies have gained special relevance in an increasingly aging society. Challenges such as the growing prevalence of neurodegenerative disorders, as well as recent public health challenges such as the covid-19 pandemic show us not only the specific challenges faced regarding the promotion of health and well-being of senior individuals, but also the need to understand the role of seniors as active citizens and as agents in the development of solutions and services that aim to promote independence, autonomy, and well-being. This study aims at a comprehensive characterization of a cohort of senior individuals integrated in a Living Lab in Northern Portugal (Porto area), and to test a model of attitudes and use of technology. Fourty-four Portuguese community- dwelling seniors (37 women and 7 men) were assessed on cognitive performance, health status personality, and psychological well-being, lifestyle, and attitudes and use of technology. Results revealed differences in cognitive functioning between independent living (non-users) and adult day care users, and showed associations between several dimensions and the model of attitudes and use of technology. Future studies should explore the validity of the developed instrument in other contexts and replicate the results in larger and more heterogenous populations.
Subject: Psicologia
Scientific areas: Ciências sociais::Psicologia
Social sciences::Psychology
TID identifier: 202511570
Document Type: Dissertação
Rights: openAccess
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