Project KommmiT

Communication With Intelligent Technology

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Project Description


Pc Wohlfahrtswerk

​German population undergoes a fundamental transformation that is characterized by two developments: On the one hand, there is the conformance with the global trend of aging populations with a higher number of individuals reaching increasingly higher ages going along with continuously decreasing numbers of younger individuals at the same time. On the other hand, due to dynamic technological innovations and intensified diffusion of information and communications technology (ICT), the everyday and local environmental life of older people gets increasingly affected by media and technologies. However, a lot of older people are excluded from the digital world and its specific resources for an autonomous nowadays life.

Hence, both this demographic and technological change present challenges for communes, especially in the field of health care, daily support and social participation of older people. Participation in ICT enables older people in their autonomy and everyday social and regional life.

The KommmiT project with the duration of November 2015 till October 2020 is located in Stuttgart, the capital of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg. It includes two vulnerable groups of older people with specific needs and without ICT experience: either solitarity older people with a small social network or a turkish migration background.

The aim of KommmiT is to improve media competence of the elderly as well as their social participation by establishing service networks based on the approaches of a local service center and a user-centered Tablet-App-System that provides access to services in the fields of living, mobility and nursing. Therefore technology-experienced older adults are recruited in order to support other elderly people in the usage of the Tablet-App-System and in activities of daily life.

The KommmiT project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). In addition, several partners from economy, foundations, non-profit organizations and research institutions are involved..


Project Aims


Tablet Opa Sohn

The project assignments of the Department of Psychological Aging include both the project-evaluation as well as scientific research. The evaluation comprises the Tablet-App-System (e.g. usability), target group (e.g. satisfaction, well-being), project internal organization and communication structures.

The scientific research effort consists of two separate studies. The cross-sectional, and for this representative, computer assisted telephone interview  is conducted with elderly  people  (age 60+) from the city of Stuttgart. The sample of the second study is recruited through the KommmiT project and includes novice and technology-experienced adultsusing longitudinal study design with paper pencil and online based questionnaires.

Both studies are to investigate the scientific research questions of understanding the factors facilitating or hindering the use of new technologies and identifying the effect and impact of media use on social participation, mobility, leisure, health and autonomy. Furthermore, the process and interactions between mediatisation and social participation should be considerated.


Publications from the Project FUTA

  • Doh, M., Schmidt, L. I., Herbolsheimer, F., Jokisch, M. R., & Wahl, H.-W. (2015). Patterns of modern ICT use among „senior technology experts“: The role of demographic variables, subjective beliefs and attitudes. Jia Zhou & Gavriel Salvendy (eds), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design for Aging (pp. 177-188). First International Conference, ITAP 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015. Proceedings, Part I. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-20892-3.
  • Jokisch, M. (2015). Neue Medien im Alter: zur Rolle von Selbstwirksamkeit im Kontext von Weiterbildungskursen. Masterarbeit Universität Heidelberg.
  • Jokisch, M., Schmidt, L.I., Doh, M., Herbolsheimer, F., & Wahl, H.-W. (2015). The Sources of Self-Efficacy in ICT Trainings for Older Adults. Poster at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), 68th Annual Scientific Meeting; Orlando, November 18 - 22, 2015.

Further References

  • Claßen, K., Oswald, F., Doh, M., Kleinemas, U. & Wahl, H.-W. (2014).Umwelten des Alterns: Wohnen, Mobilität, Technik und Medien.Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Claßen, K., Schmidt, L. I. & Wahl, H.-W. (2012). Technology and Aging: Potential for European Societies. In C. N. Phellas (Ed.), Aging in European Societies. (p. 33-46). New York: Springer.
  • Doh, M. (2012). Mediennutzung und Partizipation an der Informationsgesellschaft. In H.-W. Wahl, C. Tesch-Römer & J. Ziegelmann (Hrsg.), Angewandte Gerontologie: Interventionen für ein gutes Altern in 100 Schlüsselbegriffen (S. 582-588). Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Doh, M. (2011a). Heterogenität der Mediennutzung im Alter. Theoretische Konzepte und empirische Befunde. Schriftenreihe Gesellschaft - Altern - Medien Band 2. München: kopaed.
  • Doh, M. (2011b). Der ältere Mensch auf dem Weg zur Informationsgesellschaft – Entwicklungslinien, Potenziale und Barrieren am Beispiel von Internet und Mobiltelefon. In M. Plechaty & H. Plischke (Hrsg.). Ältere Menschen und die Nutzung Neuer Medien (S.38-76). Regionale Symposien zum demographischen Wandel unserer Gesellschaft 2010. Bad Tölz: Peter-Schilffarth-Edition.
  • Schmidt, L. I., & Wahl, H.-W. (2012). Performance-related factors for devices differing in diffusion. Gerontechnology, 11, 108-109. doi: 10.4017/gt.2012.11.02.376.00
  • Schmidt, L. I. & Wahl, H. W. (2012). Technology performance in old age: A question of visuo-spatial abilities and working memory or self-efficacy and technology attitudes? The Gerontologist, 52, 337-338. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns201
  • Schmidt, L. I., Wahl, H.-W., & Plischke, H. (2014). Older Adults’ Performance in Technology-Based Tasks: Cognitive Ability and Beyond. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40, 18-24. doi:10.3928/00989134-20140218-02


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  • 01.10.2015 - 31.10.2020



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