Life course

retired person


Chronic conditions and / or social needs


mobile device, digital TV
Sergio is a retired farmer and an avid gardener who has lived in the same rural area of Spain his entire life. He is a widower and has two adult children who live in a nearby city. Sergio has always been active and enjoys working on his land, but as he has aged, he has become more forgetful and concerned about his safety. In the past year, he has had several incidents where he left his stove or other appliances on, causing minor fires that he was able to extinguish himself. This has made him and his children worried about potential damages to his property and his safety. Sergio is also concerned about potential burglaries in his neighborhood since he has heard of several break-ins in nearby homes. Recently, Sergio has become interested in adopting a camera-based security system with healthcare monitoring features to increase his sense of security and peace of mind. However, he is cautious about the privacy implications of such a system and wants to ensure that his personal information is not misused or accessed by unauthorized individuals.

Internet usage

Mobile device skills

Affinity to new tech

Digital Health Literacy

Assistance (ICT use)

What's important to Sergio

– Security and safety
– Staying independent
– Staying active
– To keep working on his land

Health concerns

– Memory decline
– Arthritis
– High blood pressure

Daily living

– Reduction in food intake
– Keeps working on the land despite the decreased mobility
– Decrease in social ties and social activities

Health tests

– Blood pressure monitoring
– Cholesterol screening
– Vision and hearing tests
– Cognitive testing

Events, issues & personal concerns

– Living alone makes him feel vulnerable and isolated
– Memory decline and forgetfulness causing him safety concerns
– Increased fragility and the risk of falls or other accidents
– Law technological literacy

Treatment: medications, therapies, etc.

– Antihypertensive

Own resources & assets / support

– Support from his children
– Support from the local community

Care professional concerns

– Sergio´s limited access to healthcare services
– Managing his antihypertensive medications properly
– Sergio´s unwillingness to take health tests in a consistent manner


– Increased sense of security and safety while living alone in a rural area
– Protection against potential burglaries and accidents in the home (e.g. leaving appliances on)
– Access to medical support and emergency assistance, especially given potential health concerns
– Maintenance of independence and quality of life through the use of assistive technologies
– Support in the adoption of the assistive technologies

Developed by

Tamara, VisuAAL Project, The University of Alicante