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Volker Wulf, Volkmar Pipek, David Randall, Markus Rohde, Kjeld Schmidt, and Gunnar Stevens

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733249

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198733249.001.0001

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Information and Communication Technology Design in a Complex Moral Universe

Information and Communication Technology Design in a Complex Moral Universe

Ethnography-Based Development of a GPS Monitoring System for Persons Who Wander

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(p.363) 11 Information and Communication Technology Design in a Complex Moral Universe
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Socio-Informatics
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Claudia Müller

Lin Wan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198733249.003.0012

Increasing life expectancy and reduced birth rates as results of the recent demographic changes are linked to drastic changes in age structures. Aging societies are facing enormous challenges that are linked to increased age, reduced physical and mental capabilities, and the risk of social isolation and reduced autonomy. In an attempt to address these challenges, the fields of active aging and ambient assisted living currently focus on the use of technological innovations, which aim at developing innovative products as well as services and concepts to be implemented in care settings such as dementia care. However, sustainable implementation of these IT-based innovations often fails, because such innovations are not embedded in the everyday practices of elderly people and their surrounding social networks. Practice-based design enables acknowledging the often complex organizational, ideological, and practical issues that form part of a moral universe.

Keywords:   assisted living, everyday practice, aging society, dementia care, practice-based design

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