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Keeping Socially-Connected & Mobile:

In this third initiative, we will examine progressive social isolation and immobility common to chronic pain sufferers (Gatchel, et al., 2007). Experts in the area of Communication, Sociology, Computer Science and Interaction Design, will explore the ways in which mobile technologies (Crow, et al, 2008) may enable those who suffer from chronic pain to remain as mobile and socially connected as possible, initially with users who are 60 and older.

Crow, B., Smith, R. & Sawchuk, K. (2008). “Wireless Technologies, Mobile Practices,” Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 33, no.3.

Gatchel, R., Peng, R. Y., Peters, M., et al. (2007). The Biopsychosocial Approach to Chronic Pain: Scientific Advances and Future Directions. Psychological Bulletin, vol. 133, no. 4, Washington: American Psychological Association, 2007, 581-624.


General Health:

Blake, H. (2008). Innovation in practice: Mobile phone technology in patient care. British Journal of Community Nursing, 13(4), 160-165.

Chetley, Andrew. (Ed.). (2006). Improving health, connecting people: The role of ICTs in the health sector of developing countries. Washington, DC: InfoDev.

Crooks, V.A. (2006). “I go on the internet; I always, you know, check to see what’s new”: Chronically ill women’s use of online health information to shape and inform doctor-patient interactions in the space of care provision. ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 5(1), 50-69.

Ferrer-Roca, O., Cárdenas, A., Diaz-Cardama, A., & Puliodo, P. (2004). Mobile phone text messaging in the management of diabetes. Telemedicine and Telecare, 10, 292-285.

Parr, H. (2002). New body-geographies: the embodied spaces of health and medical information on the Internet. Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 20, 73-95.

Patrick, K., Griswold, W.G., Raab, F., & Intille, S.S. (2009). Health and the mobile phone. American Journal of Preventative Medicine, 35(2), 177-181.

Radin, P. (2006). “To me, it’s my life”: medical communication, trust, and activism in cyberspace. Social Science & Medicine 62, 591-601.

Rainie, L. (2010, Oct 25).  Online health seeking: How social networks can be healing communities. Washington, D.C:  Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Sarasohn-Kahn, J. (2008). The wisdom of patients: Health care meets online social media. California HealthCare Foundation.

Wyatt, S., Henwood, F., Hart, A., & Smith., J. (2005). The digital divide, health information and everyday life. New Media & Society 7(2), 199-281.



Abascal, J., & Civit, A. (2001). Universal access to mobile telephony as a way to enhance the autonomy of elderly people. (pp.93-99). WUAUC’01 Proceedings of the 2001 EC/NSF workshop on Universal accessibility of ubiquitous computing: providing for the elderly.

Burmeister, O. K. (2010). Websites for seniors: Cognitive accessibility. iJETS: International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8(2).

Cell phones for senors. (2011).

Cell phones for seniors. (2006, July 28). Cnet.

Charness, N., Boot, W. R. (2009): Aging and information technology use: potential and barriers. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18(5), 253-258.

Charness, N., Parks, D. C., Sabel, B. A. (Eds.). (2001). Communication, technology and aging: opportunities and challenges for the future. Springer Publishing Company: New York.

Conci, M., Pianese, F., Zancarano, M. (2009). Useful, social and enjoyable: Mobile phone adoption by older people. Proceedings from Interact 2009: 12th IFIP TC 13 International Conference. (Part I). (pp.63-76). Uppsala: Sweden.

Coughlin, J. F. (Ed.). (2010). Understanding the Janus Face of technology and ageing: Implications for older consumers, business innovation and society. iJETS: International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8(2)

Dell, P. T. (2008). Acting your age: a study of the relationship between online social interaction and identity in older adults. PhD thesis. Murdoch University Perth.

Duh, H. B., Do, E. Y., Billinghurst, M., Quek, F., & Husueh-Hua,V. C. (2010). Senior-friendly technologies: Interaction design for senior users. Proceedings from CHI 2010: 28th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Atlanta: USA.

Feist, H., Parker, K., Howard, N., & Hugo, G. (2010). New technologies: Their potential role in linking rural older people to community. iJETS: International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8(2)

Furlong, M. S. (1989). An electronic community for older adults: The seniorNet network. Journal of Communication, 39, 145-53.

Holzinger, A., Searle, G., & Nischelwitzer, A. (2007). On some aspects of improving mobile applications for the elderly. Lecture Note in Computer Science, 4554, 923-932.

Huffman, M. (2006, Nov 13). New cell phones target seniors. Consumer Affairs.

Kees, B., & Frissen, V. (2005). Inclusion and exclusion in the Information Society. In R. Silverstone (Ed.), Media, technology and everyday life in Europe. (pp. 21-33). Aldershot: Ashgate.

Kurniawan, S. (2007). Mobile phone design for older persons.  Interaction, 14(4), 24-25.

Kurniawan, S. (2008). Older people and mobile phones: A Multi-method investigation. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 66(12), 889-901.

Kurniawan, S., Mahmud, M., & Nugroho, Y. (2006). A study of the use of mobile phones by older persons. CHI 2006: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montréal, Canada.

Lenhart, A. (2009). Adults and social network websites. Washington, DC:  Pew Internet and American Life Project.

Lin, C.J., Hsieh, T., & Shiang, W. (2009). Exploring the interface design of mobile phone for the elderly. Human Centered Design, 5619, 476-481.

Ling, R. (2008): Should we be concerned that the elderly don’t text? The Information Society, 24(5), 334-341.

Madden, M. (2010). Older adults and social media. Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Malta, S. (2010). “Ageing and technology”: Preface to the special edition. iJETS: International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8(2).

Massimi, M., Baecker, R.M., & Wu, M. (2007). Using participatory activities with seniors to critique, build, and evaluate mobile phones. (pp. 155-162). Assets ’07: Proceedings of the 9th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility.

Mellor, D., Firth, L., and Moore, K. (2008). Can the Internet improve the well-being of the elderly. Aging International, 32, 25-42.

Quinn, K. (2010). Methodological considerations in surveys of older adults technology matters. iJETS: International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 8(2)

Sanches, L., & Chung, W. (2009). Understanding the need of mobile ICT learning as an elderly learning tool. International Journal of Emerging Technologies in Learning, 4 (4), 35-40.

Sawchuk, K., & Crow, B. (2010). Into the grey zone: Seniors, cell phones and milieus that matter. In B. Poppinga (Ed.), Observing the Mobile User Experience, OMUE, 10(1), 17-20. 

Sawchuk, K. & Crow, B. (2010). Talking “costs”: Seniors, cell phones and the personal and political economy of telecommunications in Canada. Telecommunications Journal of Australia, 60(4)  55.1-55.11.

Tulloch, J. (1989). Approaching the audience: The elderly. In E. Seiter, H. Borchers, G. Kreutzner and E. M. Warth (Eds.), Remote control: Television, audiences and cultural power. (pp. 180-203). New York and London: Routledge.

Walker, A. (2007). Why involve older people in research? Age and Ageing, 36(5), 481-483.

Wilson, M. & Nicholas, C. (2008). Topological analysis of an online social network for older adults. Proceedings of SSM ’08, Napa Valley, CA. New York: ACM.



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