Light, activity and sleep in my daily life: Design of an online intervention targeting changes to routines and the home

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Introduction: Older adults spend more time at home after retirement, and the home becomes a central place for activity. While research indicates that indoor lighting, exposure to daylight, physical activity and sleep interact to influence functioning, mood and daily rhythm, strategies are needed to promote behavioural changes to optimise these factors in daily life. The objective is to design an intervention programme delivered as a web-based course to encourage behaviour change related to outdoor physical activity, sleep patterns and changes to the home environment. The behaviour changes are intended to promote mental wellbeing and improve lighting and darkness conditions. The intervention strategy departs from the Information-Motivation-Behavioural Skills Model. Intervention components build on goal implementation theory. The Technology Acceptance Model is used as a framework for evaluating usability aspects of the course.
Methods and materials: Using a mixed-methods approach, qualitative and quantitative data were collected through video observations, interviews and questionnaires. Three experts on pedagogy, design for older people and/or interaction design were invited to independently assess usability of the course on their laptops in a full-scale model of an apartment. The setting enabled manipulations of the lighting conditions and video observation to identify any problems when participants experimented with the test kit included in the course material.
Findings: Participants’ ratings of usability aspects indicated sufficient usability. However, the interviews did reveal usability issues (e.g. difficult or inconsistent terms, unclear instructions). Results were used to refine the course before a second usability trial with six participants representing intended users (aged 70+).
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StatusPublished - 2022 juni 8
Evenemang26th Nordic Congress of Gerontology: Change and continuity - Odense, Danmark
Varaktighet: 2022 juni 82022 juni 10


Konferens26th Nordic Congress of Gerontology
Förkortad titel26NKG

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Gerontologi, medicinsk/hälsovetenskaplig inriktning
  • Arbetsterapi
  • Tillämpad psykologi


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