Faculty Talk: Robin Brewer
Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad
A positive aging approach to designing for late-life online engagement
Older adults’ voices and online identities resonate against a backdrop of normative views of aging, in which aging is a form of decline plagued by impairment and social isolation. Rather than designing for disability and decline in older adulthood, shifting the focus towards designing for late-life development may help prevent reinforcement of these stereotypes and begin to empower the individuals we aim to engage with the new systems we introduce. In this talk, I use a positive aging framework to rethink how to design, develop, and study systems to support older adults who seek to participate in meaningful engagement online. Specifically, I will focus on the use of accessible voice interfaces, highlighting how my work opens new social and technical challenges when supporting aging populations and people with vision impairments.