Advancing the aging and technology agenda in gerontology

Richard Schulz, Hans Werner Wahl, Judith T. Matthews, Annette De Vito Dabbs, Scott R. Beach, Sara J Czaja

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Abstract

Interest in technology for older adults is driven by multiple converging trends: the rapid pace of technological development; the unprecedented growth of the aging population in the United States and worldwide; the increase in the number and survival of persons with disability; the growing and unsustainable costs of caring for the elderly people; and the increasing interest on the part of business, industry, and government agencies in addressing health care needs with technology. These trends have contributed to the strong conviction that technology can play an important role in enhancing quality of life and independence of older individuals with high levels of efficiency, potentially reducing individual and societal costs of caring for the elderly people. The purpose of this "Forum" position article is to integrate what we know about older adults and technology systems in order to provide direction to this vital enterprise. We define what we mean by technology for an aging population, provide a brief history of its development, introduce a taxonomy for characterizing current technology applications to older adults, summarize research in this area, describe existing development and evaluation processes, identify factors important for the acceptance of technology among older individuals, and recommend future directions for research in this area.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-734
Number of pages11
JournalGerontologist
Volume55
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

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Keywords

  • Aging
  • Health
  • Technology
  • Well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology

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Schulz, R., Wahl, H. W., Matthews, J. T., De Vito Dabbs, A., Beach, S. R., & Czaja, S. J. (2015). Advancing the aging and technology agenda in gerontology. Gerontologist, 55(5), 724-734. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnu071

Advancing the aging and technology agenda in gerontology. / Schulz, Richard; Wahl, Hans Werner; Matthews, Judith T.; De Vito Dabbs, Annette; Beach, Scott R.; Czaja, Sara J.

In: Gerontologist, Vol. 55, No. 5, 01.10.2015, p. 724-734.

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Schulz, R, Wahl, HW, Matthews, JT, De Vito Dabbs, A, Beach, SR & Czaja, SJ 2015, 'Advancing the aging and technology agenda in gerontology', Gerontologist, vol. 55, no. 5, pp. 724-734. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnu071
Schulz R, Wahl HW, Matthews JT, De Vito Dabbs A, Beach SR, Czaja SJ. Advancing the aging and technology agenda in gerontology. Gerontologist. 2015 Oct 1;55(5):724-734. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnu071
Schulz, Richard ; Wahl, Hans Werner ; Matthews, Judith T. ; De Vito Dabbs, Annette ; Beach, Scott R. ; Czaja, Sara J. / Advancing the aging and technology agenda in gerontology. In: Gerontologist. 2015 ; Vol. 55, No. 5. pp. 724-734.
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