Reflections from East Asia's ageing population: An interaction designers' challenge

Ambe, Aloha Hufana & Brereton, Margot F. (2015) Reflections from East Asia's ageing population: An interaction designers' challenge. In Sari, E., Duh, H., Wan Bt Ahmad, W.F., Awori, K., Brereton, M., & Taylor, J.L. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Asia Pacific HCI and UX Design Symposium, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Melbourne, VIC, pp. 26-32.

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As Asia experiences the demographic imbalance between working and ageing populations, the need for attention in this area is highlighted. The shift of a country's age structure that results from people having small families and living long lives, where previously they had large families and lived short lives, results in more workers and fewer dependents creating economic growth, known as the demographic dividend. However for a generation after this bulge and dividend, a disproportionate number of older people must be supported by a smaller working population, a current concern in Asia with its rapidly growing number of older adults. This extended abstract draws practical and unique insights from three of the oldest and richest nations in Asia - Japan, South Korea and China, on the perspective of interactive technology design for older adults. ICT has powerful potential to ameliorate the imbalance in the population demographic through its potential to leverage various kinds of support. As HCI researchers, this is a challenge we embrace; a challenge for the ageing society of unique individuals to exploit the technologies that they have helped to create. The paper draws lessons from key sample studies, one from each country, which aimed to understand their ageing population. The insights for interaction designers are presented in the form of a practical set of reflections to guide the authors, who are in the early stages of research on technology design for older adults.

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ID Code: 95180
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1145/2846439.2846452
ISBN: 9781450340410
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
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Deposited On: 26 Apr 2016 23:56
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 22:32

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