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Alexander Peine, Louis Neven
We propose directions for future research on aging and technology to address fundamental changes in the experience of later life that come with the "digitization" of societies. Our argument is contextualized by the massive investments of policy makers and companies in gerontechnologies and their failure to create scale and impact. Partly this failure is due to an interventionist logic that positions new technologies as interventions or solutions to the problems of aging. What has been overlooked - at least theoretically - is how aging is already co-constituted by gerontechnology design, the socio-material practices it enacts, and the policy discourse around them...
May 30, 2018: Gerontologist
Sebastian Merkel, Alexander Kucharski
Purpose of the Study: Participatory design (PD) is widely used within gerontechnology but there is no common understanding about which methods are used for what purposes. This review aims to examine what different forms of PD exist in the field of gerontechnology and how these can be categorized. Design and Methods: We conducted a systematic literature review covering several databases. The search strategy was based on 3 elements: (1) participatory methods and approaches with (2) older persons aiming at developing (3) technology for older people...
May 19, 2018: Gerontologist
Dominic Martel, Martine Lauzé, Amandine Agnoux, Laurence Fruteau de Laclos, Raoul Daoust, Marcel Émond, Marie-Josée Sirois, Mylène Aubertin-Leheudre
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March 22, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
M Lauzé, D D Martel, A Agnoux, M-J Sirois, M Émond, R Daoust, M Aubertin-Leheudre
CONTEXT: Several studies have demonstrated that physical activity can help limit decline in functional capacities of older adults. Nevertheless, many adults aged 65 and over are inactive. OBJECTIVE: To explore the feasibility, the acceptability and the effects of a home-based exercise program (HEP) using a motion capture gerontechnology in independent community-living older adults at risk of function decline. DESIGN: Interventionnal clinical trial...
2018: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Stephen M Golant
A growing global population of older adults is potential consumers of a category of products referred to as smart technologies, but also known as telehealth, telecare, information and communication technologies, robotics, and gerontechnology. This paper constructs a theoretical model to explain whether older people will adopt smart technology options to cope with their discrepant individual or environmental circumstances, thereby enabling them to age in place. Its proposed constructs and relationships are drawn from multiple academic disciplines and professional specialties, and an extensive literature focused on the factors influencing the acceptance of these smart technologies...
August 2017: Journal of Aging Studies
Rana Mostaghel, Pejvak Oghazi
The number of senior citizens is growing globally and governments are striving to find innovative solutions to deal with complex care demands of this part of the population. Technology has been an answer to this situation; however, it is very important that the elderly accept and actually use the technology. This paper empirically tests the senior technology acceptance model using the fsQCA method to analyse data with a sample of 811 seniors aged 60 and over living in Sweden. The results revealed that the necessary conditions for high "perceived ease of use" and "perceived usefulness" are gerontechnology self-efficacy, gerontechnology anxiety, and cognitive abilities; however, each of these is not sufficient on its own...
2017: Quality & Quantity
Martine Lauzé, Dominic D Martel, Mylène Aubertin-Leheudre
BACKGROUND: The number of older adults residing in assisted living communities is increasing. Despite the benefits of physical activity (PA) on physical and cognitive capacities, and the opportunities for being active offered in these living environments, this population is highly sedentary and more at risk of physical decline. This study aimed to assess the feasibility, the acceptability, and the effects of PA intervention using gerontechnology in assisted living communities. METHODS: Forty-two older adults in 4 assisted living communities were recruited and randomly assigned to an exercise intervention group (EX) or a control group (CON) using a 2:1 ratio...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
Ruth M Masterson Creber, Kathleen T Hickey, Mathew S Maurer
Older adults with heart failure have multiple chronic conditions and a large number and range of symptoms. A fundamental component of heart failure self-care management is regular symptom monitoring. Symptom monitoring can be facilitated by cost-effective, easily accessible technologies that are integrated into patients' lives. Technologies that are tailored to older adults by incorporating gerontological design principles are called gerontechnologies. Gerontechnology is an interdisciplinary academic and professional field that combines gerontology and technology with the goals of improving prevention, care, and enhancing the quality of life for older adults...
October 2016: Current Cardiovascular Risk Reports
Harleah Buck, Anthony Pinter, Erika Poole, John Boehmer, Andrew Foy, Sara Black, Tom Lloyd
The goals of gerontechnology are to develop technology that facilitates goal attainment and improves satisfaction with life for older adults. Few mHealth technology systems have been evaluated using these criteria. The purpose of this paper was to present the qualitative analysis of participant post-intervention interviews from the tablet-delivered Penn State Heart Assistant intervention. Semi-structured interviews (n = 12) were conducted after the completion of a 30 day study protocol. Interviews were transcribed verbatim by a professional transcriptionist, then analyzed using an iterative process of coding, categorization, and thematic development using DeDoose software and a gerontechnology interpretive lens...
November 2017: Geriatric Nursing
Salifu Yusif, Jeffrey Soar, Abdul Hafeez-Baig
BACKGROUND: Older people generally prefer to continue living in their own homes rather than move into residential age care institutions. Assistive technologies and sensors in the home environment and/or bodily worn systems that monitor people's movement might contribute to an increased sense of safety and security at home. However, their use can raise ethical anxieties as little is known about how older persons perceive assistive and monitoring technologies. OBJECTIVES: To review the main barriers to the adoption of assistive technologies (ATs) by older adults in order to uncover issues of concern from empirical studies and to arrange these issues from the most critical to the least critical...
October 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Sebastiaan Theodorus Michaël Peek, Eveline J M Wouters, Katrien G Luijkx, Hubertus J M Vrijhoef
BACKGROUND: There is a growing interest in empowering older adults to age in place by deploying various types of technology (ie, eHealth, ambient assisted living technology, smart home technology, and gerontechnology). However, initiatives aimed at implementing these technologies are complicated by the fact that multiple stakeholder groups are involved. Goals and motives of stakeholders may not always be transparent or aligned, yet research on convergent and divergent positions of stakeholders is scarce...
May 3, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Ya-Huei Wu, Souad Damnée, Hélène Kerhervé, Caitlin Ware, Anne-Sophie Rigaud
PURPOSE: In a society where technology progresses at an exponential rate, older adults are often unaware of the existence of different kinds of information and communication technologies (ICTs). To bridge the gap, we launched a 2-year project, during which we conducted focus groups (FGs) with demonstrations of ICTs, allowing older adults to try them out and to share their opinions. This study aimed at investigating how participants perceived this kind of initiative and how they reacted to different kinds of ICTs...
2015: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Heidi Bjering, Joanne Curry, Anthony Maeder
With the ageing of our society and the increasing pressure on health and aged care services, the need for technological solutions to help older people stay in their own home for as long as possible is becoming increasingly important. To create information and communications technology (ICT) that will fit with the way older people live their lives and wish to use technology, necessitates their involvement in the design and development process. This paper will highlight some of the issues when designing for and with older people, and highlights the need for more research on how to involve older persons as stakeholders when designing technology for their use, as well as the need for easily accessible guidelines for how to do this...
2014: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Takenobu Inoue
AIM: This paper aims to describe and discuss strategies for the advancement of "gerontechnology," a concept that is useful for solving problems in a super-aged society. METHODS: The term "gerontechnology" is a combination of "gerontology" and "technology" that refers to the fusion of the science of aging and engineering. In this paper, a survey of market size, information technology for persons with cognitive disabilities, personal mobility technology and universal design was conducted...
2014: Nihon Ronen Igakkai Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Geriatrics
Ke Chen, Alan Hoi Shou Chan
The purpose of this study was to develop and test a senior technology acceptance model (STAM) aimed at understanding the acceptance of gerontechnology by older Hong Kong Chinese people. The proposed STAM extended previous technology acceptance models and theories by adding age-related health and ability characteristics of older people. The proposed STAM was empirically tested using a cross-sectional questionnaire survey with a sample of 1012 seniors aged 55 and over in Hong Kong. The result showed that STAM was strongly supported and could explain 68% of the variance in the use of gerontechnology...
2014: Ergonomics
A Piau, E Campo, P Rumeau, B Vellas, F Nourhashémi
Recent studies report that the majority of older adults wish to live in their own homes, for as long as possible. This creates a growing interest in technologies to enable older people to remain living independently at home. The purpose of this article is to provide a narrative review of current technology appropriate for older adults' home use. The key research questions were as follow: 1- What is the evidence demonstrating that gerontechnologies are effective in enabling independent living? 2- What are devices designed specifically for frail elderly persons ? Several publications were identified about devices targeting social isolation (videophonic communication, affective orthotic devices or companion-type robots, personal emergency response systems [security]), autonomy loss (technologies for maintenance of autonomy in the activities of daily living) and cognitive disorders (cognitive orthotics, wandering management systems, telemonitoring)...
January 2014: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Ke Chen, Alan Hoi-Shou Chan
This study employed a qualitative approach to explore the attitudes and experiences of older people towards using gerontechnology, and to determine the underlying reasons that might account for their use and non-use of gerontechnology. Four focus group discussions and 26 individual interviews were undertaken. Qualitative data were analyzed using NVivo software and were categorized using coding and grounded theory techniques. The result indicated that old people in Hong Kong had an overall positive attitude toward technology...
October 2013: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
L-C Gerhardt, R Lottenbach, R M Rossi, S Derler
Textile-based drug delivery systems have a high potential for innovative medical and gerontechnological applications. In this study, the tribological behaviour and lubrication properties of a novel textile with drug delivery function/finishing was investigated by means of friction experiments that simulated cyclic dynamic contacts with skin under dry and wet conditions. The textile drug delivery system is based on a loadable biopolymer dressing on a polyester (PES) woven fabric. The fabrics were finished with low (LC) and highly cross-linked (HC) polysaccharide dressings and investigated in the unloaded condition as well as loaded with phytotherapeutic substances...
August 1, 2013: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Anelia Mitseva, Carrie Beth Peterson, Christina Karamberi, Lamprini Ch Oikonomou, Athanasios V Ballis, Charalampos Giannakakos, George E Dafoulas
The incidence of cognitive impairment in older age is increasing, as is the number of cognitively impaired older adults living in their own homes. Due to lack of social care resources for these adults and their desires to remain in their own homes and live as independently as possible, research shows that the current standard care provisions are inadequate. Promising opportunities exist in using home assistive technology services to foster healthy aging and to realize the unmet needs of these groups of citizens in a user-centered manner...
2012: Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research
Cécile Cridelich, Patrick Malléa, Jean-Michel Turpin, Bruno Charrat, Alain Franco, Olivier Guérin
Gerontechnologies, a concept dating back to the 1990s, are a blend of gerontology and technology. They have a well-defined role, their main objective being one of observation and intervention. Even though gerontechnologies are directly aimed at elderly people, they are not necessarily suitable for everyone.
January 2012: Soins. Gérontologie
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