Nicky Whichelow

    Nicky is a PhD candidate in the School of Design.


    Ageing successfully at home with technology

    Although it is acknowledged that loneliness has serious consequences for an older person’s health, and the experience of loneliness has deleterious consequences for an older person’s self-reported quality of life and their opinion of how successfully they are ageing, few studies have examined the role of technology and in particular computer mediated communication, as way that an older person might operationalise how they age successfully. A focus on the success or otherwise of ubiquitous technological interventions, uncertainty over the longer-term benefits once the research has stopped, inadequate understanding of how an older person perceives themselves to have aged successfully and the stigma associated with reporting the experience of loneliness may contribute to our current lack of understanding and development of appropriate health promotion programs targeted at the individual. Exploration of ageing with technology behaviours and the influence of factors related to an older person’s ability to select, compensate and optimise their changing resources using technology can inform further development of health promotions assisting in changing health behaviours that contribute to a longer healthier life. This research project will use a concurrent mixed methods design. The quantitative approach will use an established Selective, Optimisation and Compensation (SOC) Meta Model Instrument with controlling variables from the Older Person’s Quality of Life Indicator OPQoL and usage of computer mediated communication. The qualitative approach will use these two instruments along with questions from the Resilience Scale and the Self-Control Model to undertake one to one interviews following an agreed protocol.  The data from the qualitative study will be transformed during analysis to appropriate quantitative themes and reporting.