How can technology help intergenerational reminiscence? A pilot study

Andrea Gaggioli, Giuseppe Riva, Luca Morganti, Chiara Scaratti, Pietro Cipresso, Silvio Bonfiglio

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The goal of this study was to test the usability and efficacy of a website designed to support intergenerational reminiscence. The website allows older persons to capture, digitally archive, and share their memories encapsulated in letters, newspaper clippings, postcards, photos and videos. The evaluation involved 44 seniors and 176 children and consisted in two main phases. In the first phase, the usability of the website was assessed in a sample of elderly participants. In the second phase, the efficacy of online reminiscence was tested against a control condition, in which elderly people shared personal memories with children without the support of technology. Main dependent measures included self-esteem, loneliness and enjoyment/engagement with the activity (flow). Findings showed that the website was usable and well-accepted. However, the use of the platform did not significantly improve the effects of intergenerational reminiscence, which is an activity that participants enjoyed in itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-54
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Web Based Communities
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • digital archives
  • elderly
  • engagement
  • enjoyment
  • intergenerational reminiscences
  • loneliness
  • memory capture
  • memory sharing
  • old people
  • online reminiscence
  • personal memories
  • psycho-social wellbeing
  • reminiscence systems
  • self-esteem
  • technology support
  • website usability
  • websites


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