This project aims to design and implement a digital platform for research on and support of emotional wellbeing of older people (>50) impacted by COVID-19 social distancing.
We will apply our team’s ongoing research on integrating technologies within social systems to:
-Contribute to understandings of the lived experience of the pandemic among older people and their support networks.
-Increase resilience of these networks through design/development of a digital platform which enables the recording, sharing, and analysing of wellbeing within an adaptive, secure, and privacy-respecting environment.
Critical Data And Resources:
-Multimethod datasets on lived experiences of social distancing, and relationships between network compositions and outcomes, digital engagement, and wellbeing.
-Methods for implementing adaptive and secure software platforms for user-controlled social support.
Our work will address these research questions directed at mitigating impacts on older people socially distanced due to COVID-19:
-What are benefits and shortcomings of digitally recording, sharing, and analysing emotion and wellbeing states?
-How can a digital platform be designed to facilitate trustworthy and engaging social support to encourage and maintain self-collection of data?
-What are real-time relationships between social interactions, loneliness, and emotion regulation?
-How can we predict trends and trigger system adaptivity to foster interpersonal engagement and thereby reduce loneliness?
This project seeks to contribute to understanding of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts due to unprecedented social distancing, by digitally facilitating support/carer interactions and gathering data to assist personalized interventions and policy.