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Contribution to Book



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IGI Global

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Optimizing Assistive Technologies for Aging Populations

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Elderly individuals can greatly benefit from the use of computer applications, which can assist in monitoring health conditions, staying in contact with friends and family, and even learning new things. However, developing accessible applications for an elderly user can be a daunting task for developers. Since the advent of the personal computer, the benefits and challenges of developing applications for older adults have been a hot topic of discussion. In this chapter, the authors discuss the various challenges developers who wish to create applications for the elderly computer user face, including age-related impairments, generational differences in computer use, and the hardware constraints mobile devices pose for application developers. Although these challenges are concerning, each can be overcome after being properly identified.


Published version. "Challenges in Developing Applications for Aging Populations," in Optimizing Assistive Technologies for Aging Populations. Edited by Yosry S. Morsi, Anupam Shukla, Chandra Prakash Rathore. Hershey, PA : Medical Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global), 2016: 1-21. DOI. © 2016 by IGI Global. Used with permission.