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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(6), 617; doi:10.3390/ijerph14060617

The Technology Acceptance of a TV Platform for the Elderly Living Alone or in Public Nursing Homes

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School of Telecommunications Engineering, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo, Spain
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School of Telematics, University of Colima, Colima 28040, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Jean Woo
Received: 3 March 2017 / Revised: 22 May 2017 / Accepted: 3 June 2017 / Published: 8 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ageing Well: The Role of Age-Friendly Environments)
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In Mexico, many seniors are alone for most of the day or live in public nursing homes. Simple interaction with computer systems is required for older people. This is why we propose the exploration of a medium well known by seniors, such as the television (TV). The primary objective of this study is to improve the quality of life of seniors through an easier reminder system, using the television set. A technological platform was designed based on interactive television, through which seniors and their caregivers can have a better way to track their daily activities. Finally, an evaluation of the technology adoption was performed with 50 seniors living in two public nursing homes. The evaluation found that the elderly perceived the system as useful, easy to use, and they had a positive attitude and good intention to use it. This helped to generate initial evidence that the system supported them in achieving a better quality of life, by reminding them to take their medications and increasing their rate of attendance to their medical appointments. View Full-Text
Keywords: interactive television; seniors; elderly; homecare; technology adoption; public nursing homes interactive television; seniors; elderly; homecare; technology adoption; public nursing homes
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Santana-Mancilla, P.C.; Anido-Rifón, L.E. The Technology Acceptance of a TV Platform for the Elderly Living Alone or in Public Nursing Homes. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 617.

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