Title page for ETD etd-12042009-020116

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Akkan, Sultan
URN etd-12042009-020116
Title Use of computer technology by the elderly
Degree Master of Science
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Jones, Dennis B. Committee Member
Kemmerling, Paul T. Jr. Committee Member
Schubert, Robert P. Committee Member
  • Older people
Date of Defense 1993-08-10
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The information technology that is available now has been developed for other populations, such as the general public, the business community, health care organizations, or the handicapped. However, much of it can be adapted to fit the needs, desires and capabilities of the elderly and computer technology can be much "friendlier" for the elderly in both a technological and a social sense.

This study examines the elderly-computer technology interface. State-of -the-art computer input devices are evaluated and an ergonomic analysis is made about the interface. Finally, a new design concept is developed to solve the problems and complications arising from the aging process in terms of accessibility, safety, efficiency, ergonomic comfort of computer technology and to introduce a new and fairly unfamiliar technology to a population group.

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