Skim the bibliography of HCI for older adults, and the research papers on interfaces for older adults and health interfaces, and think about project ideas that could be deployed on a touch screen kiosk in a geriatrics clinic waiting room. Pick three different project ideas that you would be interested in working on for a team project, make a rough sketch of a user interface (a scanned or photographed sketch on paper is best) and write a 1 paragraph proposal for each, further fleshing out the idea. Post your write-ups and sketches on a web page in your order of preference (these will be used to help form project teams).
This kiosk application would be geared towards providing older adults with a listing of activities hosted locally by organizations or other older adults. The activities would be navigated by categories that continue to refine until a small set is reached. Each activity would have a description and contact information. The benefits would include helping the older adults socialize and find activities to keep them physically and/or mentally active. Adding a new activity/club would involve contacting an administrator with the necessary information (or submitting an online form). However, this feature would not be available on the kiosk, just the contact information / website.
(Warning: The required technology might not exist yet...)
The premise of this project would be implanted sensors in older adults used to measure various health statistics. The data would be tracked over the course of the day and fed to a database regurarly. This database would be accessible by their doctor and used to observe the patient's health. The kiosk could be used to check-up on the status of the various information. Examples of the tracked information would be:
The kiosk's main function would be to administer a simple mental health survey to any older adults who are curious about their mental health. The other features could include mental health awareness tips and suggestions. The results could be forwarded to their primary doctor. This kiosk would help promote mental health and mental health awareness in older adults.