Placing in Age: Transitioning to a new home in later life

Siân Lindley, Jayne Wallace

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Moving home in later life is an experience born of necessity for many older people. Yet, although a good deal of research has considered how to support “ageing in place,” relatively little attention has been given to the transition of moving to a new home, or how a feeling of belonging is accomplished once there. We present findings from two studies that explore “placing in age.” The first looks at downsizing one's home and the second at living in a residential care home. We reflect on what placing in age means in these two circumstances, and how technology might be used to support it. We highlight the importance of continuity through change and the ability to “design” everyday life. Rather than support for stability or reminiscing about the past, the aim is to address the need for change and to enable the meaningful spending of time now and in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-39
JournalACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2015


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