CSI researchers organised a symposium on ICT & Ageing at 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontechnology

Andraž Petrovčič PhD, Darja Grošelj PhD and Vesna Dolničar PhD organised a thematic symposium at the 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, 2-4 May 2018, in Oslo, Norway.

The symposium, ‘Gradations of digital inclusion in later life: A multi-cultural perspective’, provided new insights into the interrelations between various aspects of ageing and their association with the (non-)use of information and communication technology (ICT) in later life. The presentations introduced novel findings on the role of ICTs in ageing drawn from five studies conducted in four different countries (Slovenia, Finland, the Netherlands and Canada).

Notably, the studies presented dealt with a diverse array of ICT-based communication practices that older adults are using to maintain contact with family members; explored how family solidarity and digital inclusion can be fostered through younger generations helping older adults to get online; studied how the interaction between age and other socio-economic factors is relevant to understanding and mitigating age-related digital inequalities; discussed the ways in which social and assistive robots can contribute to greater inclusivity and empowerment of older adults living independently; and provided empirical evidence of factors promoting favourable perceptions of a wearable assistive application aimed at improving the recovery of stroke patients in a home environment.

The symposium was conducted as part of the research activities of two ongoing ARRS projects at the the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Informatics (CSI):