Ongoing research is being conducted to find ways technology, such as cognitive computing, can empower the aging population and help older adults live healthier and happier lives. https://www.ibm.com/able/outthink-aging.html
People are more likely to become more disenfranchised and disadvantaged with less use of technology, because technology is more integrated into everyday life. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1524856/
Data shows that more older adults are utilizing home care and are able to stay home the whole time they age.
Digitally-empowered solutions for dementia, such as immersive virtual reality technology and brain training services with EEG, have the potential for slowing down the rate of decline and enhancing patients quality of life.
The brain imaging tool, PET scan, shows significant loss of synapses in early stages of Alzheimer’s, which may be useful in drug development to combat the disease. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200513081814.htm
Basic smart technology components that safeguard and monitor the home can protect and keep Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients safe. https://health.usnews.com/health-care/for-better/articles/2017-12-22/keeping-a-technological-eye-on-alzheimers-and-dementia-patients-at-home
Many older adults have a positive attitude about aging in place and technology. A survey from a sample of seniors found that 80% owned a smartphone. https://www.cta.tech/Resources/i3-Magazine/i3-Issues/2019/May-June/Active-Aging-Perceptions-and-Attitudes
According to AARP, home assistive devices are owned by one in seven adults aged 50 and older. https://www.franchising.com/news/20200529_5_ways_technology_is_shaping_the_lives_of_older_ad.html
More than half of adults age 65 and older use the internet.
The digital savviness of older adults has vastly improved.