Engaging Senior Adults with Technology for Behavior Change


  • Carlijn VALK Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Peter LOVEI Philips Design
  • Ya-Liang CHUANG Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Yuan LU Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Pearl PU d École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Thomas VISSER Philips Design




Physical activity, Older adults, Behavior change, Living labs, technology acceptance


Amidst today’s ever-expanding waistlines there is a clear need to investigate technology’s potential to support behavior change and stimulate increased physical activity. Physical activity has also been shown to increase the independence and well-being of older adults, yet an important segment of this community is often excluded from the necessary in-context research due to the barriers they face to technology acceptance. Currently, there is limited knowledge on how to overcome these barriers to participation. We created a specific Product Service System that supports older adults to engage with the proposed technological interventions to enable important in-context behavior change research. Our approach converges knowledge from the domains of living laboratories, co-design, and existing experience of design research with older adults. From our experiences with this Product Service System, we provide guidelines to support other researchers setting-up a living laboratory study with older adults to explore technology’s potential to motivate behavior change.




How to Cite

VALK , C. ., LOVEI , P. . ., CHUANG , Y.-L. ., LU , Y. ., PU, P. ., & VISSER , T. . (2019). Engaging Senior Adults with Technology for Behavior Change. Conference Proceedings of the Academy for Design Innovation Management, 2(1), 57–68. https://doi.org/10.33114/adim.2019.05.198