Co-creation Methods: Informing Technology Solutions for Older Adults

Lupin Battersby (Lead / Corresponding author), Mei Lan Fang, Sarah L. Canham, Judith Sixsmith, Sylvain Moreno, Andrew Sixsmith

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    With the demographic shift towards an aging population, there is an increasing need for and interest in technologies that address challenges associated with aging. The AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence is developing and building capacity in researchers and partners affiliated with the network and beyond to co-create solutions with older adults and other stakeholders. In this paper three projects using different approaches to co-creation are explored: community-based participatory research, integrated knowledge translation, and transdisciplinary working. The projects span different focus areas and disciplines: 1) a seniors’ affordable housing redevelopment evaluation; 2) a realist review of middle-aged and older adults and the digital divide; and 3) development of rehabilitation soft-ware for older adults’ cognitive health. Based on these projects, opportunities for enriching the research process through co-creation methods are highlighted. In addition, factors to consider when choosing and implementing co-creation methods, such as the type of research project, level of project development, ethical is-sues, and resources available will be discussed. We conclude the paper with a call for researchers using co-creation in technology development to evaluate the impact of such approaches.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Aging, Design and User Experience
    Subtitle of host publicationThird International Conference, ITAP 2017, Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9-14, 2017, Proceedings, Part I
    EditorsJia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319585307
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • community-based participatory research
    • co-creation
    • integrated knowledge translation
    • transdisciplinary working
    • aging
    • technology
    • innovation


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