To understand the ability of the elderly with cognitive impairments to use everyday technology observe the interaction but also ask about their views.
Explanation and examples
Via an observation (guided by the Management of Everyday Technology Assessment Observational tool to understand the ability of an (older) individual to use everyday technology), the person-technology interaction can be described in detail, e.g. does the person press buttons/the screen with an adequate force or are steps performed in a logical order. This can help to determine which elements of a specific technology are causing problems and might be particularly useful for designing intervention and the development of technology. Through a self-perceived report (Everyday Technology Use Questionnaire (Short version) Self-perceived report assessing the ability of and (older) individual to use everyday technology), the individual can reflect on a wider range of technologies and the impact of technology use to perform well in (in relation to) everyday life can be depicted. For example, if someone has problems using the ticket machine for public transport or the ATM, this might impact participating in society; if the individual has problems with using the dishwasher or vacuum cleaner, this might impact the hygiene and well-being at home.
ThemesDementia Everyday technology Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) Observation Self-perceived report
Target groupsClinicians Industry evaluating technology use Researchers evaluating technology use
Type of evidence
Correlation study of the META and S-ETUQ (KI and UM)
Bartels, S.L., Assander, S., Patomella, A.H., Jamnadas-Khoda, J. & Malinowsky, C. (2020): Do you observe what I perceive? The relationship between two perspectives on the ability of people with cognitive impairments to use everyday technology, Aging & Mental Health, 24:8, 1295-1305. doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2019.1609902