Bringing The Outside In: Technology for Increasing Engagement with the Outside World among Rural Housebound Older Adults

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlaces of possibility?
Subtitle of host publicationRural societies in a neoliberal world
PublisherEuropean Society for Rural Sociology
Pages29-30
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2015
EventThe XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Aug 201521 Aug 2015

Conference

ConferenceThe XXVI European Society for Rural Sociology Congress
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAberdeen
Period18/08/1521/08/15

Keywords

  • older adults
  • rural
  • social engagement
  • technology

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