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ThinkMind // International Journal On Advances in Software, volume 10, numbers 3 and 4, 2017 // View article soft_v10_n34_2017_18


Universal Design Mobile Interface Guidelines for Mobile Health and Wellness Apps for an Aging Population Including People Aging with Disabilities

Authors:
Ljilja Ruzic
Christina N. Harrington
Jon A. Sanford

Keywords: aging; aging with disabilities; design; evaluation; guidelines; mobile interfaces

Abstract:
The usability of mobile interfaces for older adults is becoming more important as the population ages and their use of technology increases. Whereas a few design strategies have been developed to guide the design of the mobile interfaces for an aging population, these strategies and their related principles and guidelines are focused on either older adults or individuals with disabilities. The size of the population aging with disabilities is growing. However, there are no guidelines that include this end-user population. Adaptation and integration of the existing strategies were necessary to create an inclusive and comprehensive set of guidelines for interactive mobile interfaces for older adults that includes people aging with disabilities. The paper presents an overview of the Universal Design Mobile Interface Guidelines, UDMIG, for an aging population and individuals aging with disabilities, and the related evaluation checklist. UDMIG v.2.2 and the checklist were developed to ensure usability of future mobile technologies by older adults through a universal design strategy that accommodates all users to the greatest extent possible. Moreover, the paper details the application of the guidelines to the design of the mobile health and wellness self-management app for individuals aging with multiple sclerosis, MS Assistant. Additionally, it reports the results of an expert review with the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of implementing UDMIG v.2.2 in the design of MS Assistant.

Pages: 372 to 384

Copyright: Copyright (c) to authors, 2017. Used with permission.

Publication date: December 31, 2017

Published in: journal

ISSN: 1942-2628

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