Design and development of a mobile app to support the care of the elderly

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Abstract

Aging is a natural process that increases the risk of disease and reduces capabilities. It is a rapidly increasing phenomenon in low-And middle-income countries, and received considerable attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. The elderly were at greater risk in the pandemic due to greater number of comorbidities and special care needs. Some require direct or indirect care provided by their family or caregivers; however, in some cases, older persons were obliged to care for themselves or other older persons assumed the role of caregiver. Although there are some technologies that support the basic and instrumental activities of daily living for older persons, these are not always affordable or available in countries like Colombia. This project proposes the development of an app for mobile devices that facilitates the care and monitoring of older persons by family members, caregivers, or for self-care. We propose a user-centered design methodology for the design of the app and the rapid software development methodology for its creation. Finally, we conducted a usability pilot study to determine the viability of the tool. The results are satisfactory and show that the tool is feasible and will positively impact end users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 2nd International Congress of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, CI-IB and BI 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665408554
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Event2nd IEEE International Congress of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, CI-IB and BI 2021 - Bogota, Colombia
Duration: Oct 13 2021Oct 15 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE 2nd International Congress of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, CI-IB and BI 2021

Conference

Conference2nd IEEE International Congress of Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering, CI-IB and BI 2021
Country/TerritoryColombia
CityBogota
Period10/13/2110/15/21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Media Technology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Author Keywords

  • Concept
  • Pandemics
  • Senior citizens
  • Sociology
  • User centered design
  • Aging
  • Tools
  • Software

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