Digital life as a cabaret, old chum: a dramaturgical analysis of older digitalised home residents and their wider caring networks

Rachel Sarah Creaney*, M. Currie, Louise A. Reid

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Abstract

The use of smart and assistive devices for remote healthcare monitoring is becoming increasingly popular for older people in their homes. However, the lived and long-term experiences of such technology, for the older residents and their wider caring networks remains unclear. Using in-depth qualitative data collected between June 2019 and January 2020 from older people living in their own homes in rural Scotland, we highlight that although such monitoring could improve the experiences of older people and their wider caring networks, this may create additional care and surveillance. We employ the concept of dramaturgy, which understands society to be a stage on which actors perform, allowing us to explore how different residents and their networks make sense of their experiences with domestic healthcare monitoring. We found that some digitalised devices may reduce the degree to which older people and their wider caring networks can live authentic and truly independent lifestyles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101129
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Aging Studies
Volume65
Early online date23 Mar 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023

Keywords

  • Independence
  • Older people
  • Wider caring networks
  • Dramaturgy
  • Digitalised homes
  • Smart technology
  • Health technology
  • Qualitative

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