Some members of the RWTH Aachen University team in the PAAL Consortium presented some outcomes of the PAAL project at the 6th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE 2019), which took place in Heraklion, Greece, on 2-4 May 2019.

Julia Offermann-van Heek presented the paper “Guidelines for Integrating Social and Ethical User Requirements in Lifelogging Technology Development.”

Lifelogging technologies have the potential to facilitate and enrich the everyday life of younger as well as older people. On the one hand, tracking and logging of data about activities and behavior support an active lifestyle. On the other hand, tracking medical data and movements support increasing safety by detecting, e.g., emergencies or falls. From a technical perspective, a variety of technologies enable lifelogging and are already available on the market. Instead, there is very little knowledge about the perception and acceptance of lifelogging technologies from users’ socio-ethical perspective. Hence, this paper presents research results from four online survey studies (n = 1107) aiming at covering a broad range of lifelogging applications and reaching diverse target groups. Being based on insights gathered from the quantitative data collection, this paper derives guidelines for integrating ethical and social perspectives in lifelogging technology development and emphasizes gaps within the research landscape regarding its perception and acceptance.

Wiktoria Wilkowska presented the paper “Wind of Change? Attitudes Towards Aging and Use of Medical Technology.”

Shifts in demographic developments have led to changed needs and requirements in healthcare. Rising life expectancy and improved medical healthcare enable a more independent and healthier lifestyle of (older) persons, but also changes expectations and perceptions of aging, and health-supporting technologies. Knowledge about attitudes towards aging, medical assistive technologies, and impacting user factors (especially age and
health status) is limited with regard to a broad sample of participants. In the present study (N=585), we therefore examined in an online-survey current attitudes towards aging and quality of life in older age, as well as perceptions and acceptance of health-supporting technologies, taking age and health status as user factors into account. Results revealed significant effects of age and health condition on the perception of life quality in
older age. In addition, positive perceptions of aging, technology acceptance, as well as benefits and barriers were significantly influenced by the respondents’ age. In contrast, health status significantly affected the negative perceptions of aging. Under impacts of age and health condition as user factors, results of the study allow a deeper understanding of changing patterns of perceived aging and prevailing opinions regarding acceptance
of medical technology.