Chronic conditions can impede an individual’s ability to engage in activities that promote wellbeing in later life. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can potentially offer benefits to well-being through novel modes of interaction, which could be particularly beneficial for older adults living with chronic conditions in rural areas. This paper reports on findings drawn from semi-structured interviews conducted with older adults, who were predominantly housebound and living with chronic conditions in rural North-East Scotland. It explores how interviewees retained social contacts, the types of activities their chronic conditions prevented them from doing and their attitudes towards enhancing involvement in social activities. These findings guide the development of novel ICT, which aims to enhance individual well-being and the wider integration of older, largely housebound rural adults, into the social lives of the communities in which they live.
|Title of host publication||Places of possibility?|
|Subtitle of host publication||Rural societies in a neoliberal world|
|Publisher||European Society for Rural Sociology|
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2015|
|Event||The XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress - Aberdeen, United Kingdom|
Duration: 18 Aug 2015 → 21 Aug 2015
|Conference||The XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress|
|Period||18/08/15 → 21/08/15|
- older adults
- social engagement
Dowds, G. L., Philip, L. J., & Currie, M. (2015). Bringing The Outside In: Technology for Increasing Engagement with the Outside World among Rural Housebound Older Adults. In Places of possibility?: Rural societies in a neoliberal world (pp. 29-30). European Society for Rural Sociology.