Proposition of a new mobility aid for older persons: Reducing psychological conflict associated with the use of assistive technologies

Misato Nihei*, Takenobu Inoue, Yuzo Kaneshige, Masakatsu G. Fujie

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    研究成果: Conference contribution

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    The development of assistive technologies has an important impact on user's activities of daily living and social participation. However, assistive technology identifies persons with disabilities. In this paper, the psychological effects of using a mobility aid were considered before forming the concept of a new device. To identify the detrimental factors, a qualitative research approach was adopted in a study on 12 older persons. The investigation revealed that older persons had a dilemma in using mobility aids between maintaining body functions and extending mobility activities. In addition, there are two sides to the dilemma, namely the function and the appearance of the body. The process to reducing these dilemmas was clarified and a psychological model was constructed. The generation process of the psychological conflict obtained from qualitative data was revealed by modeling details and taking movement, body function and body appearance into consideration. Based on this model we propose and develop a new concept of mobility aid, "Tread-Walk, " is four-wheeled, permitting the user to walk naturally while a servo motor amplifies the normal walking speed. Preliminary evaluations suggest that this device is both safe and effective for use by middle aged and older adults.

    本文言語English
    ホスト出版物のタイトルAssistive Technology Research Series
    ページ80-84
    ページ数5
    20
    出版ステータスPublished - 2007

    出版物シリーズ

    名前Assistive Technology Research Series
    20
    ISSN(印刷版)1383813X
    ISSN(電子版)18798071

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • 工学(その他)
    • 医学(その他)

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