Investigating older adults' social networks and coproduction activities for health

Chien Wen Yuan, Jessica Kropczynski, Richard Wirth, Mary Beth Rosson, John M. Carroll

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Abstract

In this survey study, we extend previous research by investigating the influence of both whole network and individual ego networks on older adults' perceived wellbeing from the perspective of salutogenesis. We especially take interest in their coproduction engagement where people actively involve one another in doing different types of activities to maintain health. Participants included 173 older adults aged 60 or older from retirement communities and people who age-in-place. Using social network analysis, we found network characteristics like density, degree centrality, or diameter were not associated with older adults' coproduction engagement and psychological well-being. We further found that coproduction activities may be an important mediator because our CCRC and AiP participants had similar level of coproductions and psychological well-being. Based on the results, we suggest that technological designs should facilitate older adults' coproduction by supporting diversity, expanding coproduction networks, and having customizations for different community structures in order to promote smart and connected health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2017
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages68-77
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450363631
DOIs
StatePublished - May 23 2017
Event11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2017 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: May 23 2017May 26 2017

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Other

Other11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2017
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period5/23/175/26/17

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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Yuan, C. W., Kropczynski, J., Wirth, R., Rosson, M. B., & Carroll, J. M. (2017). Investigating older adults' social networks and coproduction activities for health. In Proceedings of the 11th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, PervasiveHealth 2017 (pp. 68-77). (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3154862.3154876