This paper describes an approach of “visual interventions” to address the effects of social isolation imposed by independent living on the aged. This approach might be effective in situations where it is not possible to provide enough human contact or interaction to stimulate and sustain a positive outlook by the aged person. Two ICT-based visual interventions using this approach are described: a virtual “picture album” concept which can serve as a basis for positive reminiscence, and a virtual “daily assistant” concept to provide advice and reminders on health aspects encountered during daily living. A methodological approach for validating these concepts is also described.
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