Digital health wearables

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Our project 'Investigating the role of wearable activity-tracking technologies in the well-being and quality of life of people aged 55 and over' has received funding from Sir Halley Stewart Trust

Our aim is to investigate whether and how wearable activity-tracking technologies can acceptably contribute towards self-monitoring of activity and health by people aged 55 years and over. As a result of these investigations, we hope to determine the potential of these wearable activity-tracking technologies in improving the physical and mental well-being of older people through active lifestyles, and the possible use of data by medical professionals for diagnosis and timely interventions. 

Our specific objectives are to investigate:
a) experiences and perceptions of family members who are using the data from these devices to monitor the activity of their parents or elderly relatives and the ethical dilemmas they face;
b) experiences of the people aged 55 and over who are already using these devices: challenges and advantages; privacy and ethical aspects about data-sharing; usage of the data for self-monitoring, or for alerting medical professionals or their family;
c) experiences of people aged 55 and over who haven’t used these devices before and who will be given devices in this project – challenges of adoption, and the perceived risks and advantages.
d) ethical aspects: who has access to the data from these devices? How is the data being used? 
e) accessibility and usability aspects related to the design and use of these devices.

Project team: Jane Palmer, Age UK Milton Keynes, Shailey Minocha, Duncan Banks, Caroline Holland, Catherine McNulty and Alice Peasgood from The Open University. 

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