Abstract

Longevity, and good Quality of Life enhances a positive ageing experience by post- retirement adults. However, physical decline and limitations may affect independence and autonomy to conduct and engage in day to day tasks and social activities. Assistive robots can offer support to assist, and become embodied features that are accepted and worn by older adults. To date, research is limited and little is known about older adults’ opinions of assistance by robots in personal and home life. There are a number of Technology Acceptance Models (TAMs) presenting quantitative based questionnaires that attempt to gauge acceptance and usefulness of robots by older adults. This paper presents preliminary findings from a qualitative study with older adults. The findings discussed are from an initial cohort of 8 older adult participants, which are part of a larger, ongoing study. The purpose of the study was to understand older adults’ perceptions relating to technologies commonly used and future technologies and their acceptance and usefulness. The preliminary findings are based on a cross section of eight participants, and their perceptions. The findings of the full study will inform and assist the user centred design of a soft robotic exoskeleton.

Keywords:

older adults; assistive robots; stigma; qualitative research

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Investigating Perceptions Related to Technology Acceptance & Stigma of Wearable Robotic Assistive Devices by Older Adults - Preliminary Findings

Longevity, and good Quality of Life enhances a positive ageing experience by post- retirement adults. However, physical decline and limitations may affect independence and autonomy to conduct and engage in day to day tasks and social activities. Assistive robots can offer support to assist, and become embodied features that are accepted and worn by older adults. To date, research is limited and little is known about older adults’ opinions of assistance by robots in personal and home life. There are a number of Technology Acceptance Models (TAMs) presenting quantitative based questionnaires that attempt to gauge acceptance and usefulness of robots by older adults. This paper presents preliminary findings from a qualitative study with older adults. The findings discussed are from an initial cohort of 8 older adult participants, which are part of a larger, ongoing study. The purpose of the study was to understand older adults’ perceptions relating to technologies commonly used and future technologies and their acceptance and usefulness. The preliminary findings are based on a cross section of eight participants, and their perceptions. The findings of the full study will inform and assist the user centred design of a soft robotic exoskeleton.

 

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