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    Designing Digital Mindfulness-based Interventions for Older Informal Carers

    HCI 2018

    Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018)

    Belfast, UK, 4 - 6 July 2018


    Michael Wilson, Julie Doyle & Gerry McTaggart



    Stress is prevalent among older informal carers and has been shown to lead to negative developments in physical and psychological health, as well as overall wellbeing. One area of wellbeing that can be impacted is sleep, with high stress levels leading to poor sleep and poor sleep causing stress. Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) have grown in popularity in recent years and have been shown to reduce stress and increase quality of life among older informal carers. MBIs delivered digitally have the potential to be used by and be of benefit to a wide group of people.

    Based on the apparent gaps in the literature concerning the area of mobile device/computer-mediated MBIs for older informal carers, further research is needed in this area. An opportunity also lies in the use of wearable activity trackers to monitor any potential improvements in sleep, due to reduced stress. This paper focuses on the design of a digital application delivering MBIs, to support older informal carers to manage stress and sleep. We describe a qualitative study with older informal carers and the resulting digital application while outlining how this system will be trialled with 15 older informal carers over a 12-week period with a view to reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing.


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