Supporting peace of mind and independent living with the Aurama awareness system

Pavan Dadlani Mahtani, P. Markopoulos, A.G. Sinitsyn, E.H.L. Aarts

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An awareness system was designed to provide peace of mind and a sense of connectedness to adults who care for an elderly parent living alone. The iterative design of the Aurama awareness system showed and our empirical research, including field trials ranging from four to six months, confirm the potential of awareness systems to support both generations suggesting that research should examine, firstly, how to convey long-term trends regarding the wellbeing of the elderly and, secondly, how to intertwine the communication of awareness information with expressive forms of communication. We further explore the role that formal care providers can play when caring for the elderly using the awareness system. We discuss implications of our studies for the design of ambient intelligent systems supporting awareness between elderly, their adult children and care providers, and derive several lessons learned in conducting long-term field trials. Keywords: Ambient intelligence, awareness, connectedness, assisted living, field trials, elderly care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-50
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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