Aging Services Technologies address issues that older adults face today. The video below discusses high tech aging and how it can improve seniors’ lives. High Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today https://www.giaging.org/issues/aging-services-technologies/
New technological developments are improving the quality of life for socially isolated older adults by connecting them with family and immersive experiences through use of tools such as headphones and virtual reality sets.
Enhancing technology designs to suit seniors’ needs, and improving technology literacy for older adults can remove barriers for their adoption of smart technology. Utilization of smart technology is important because it can better older adults’ health mentally and physically, and lead to a higher quality of life. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6627975/
Technology helps older adults comfortably age in place and keep loved ones at ease because caregivers can be alerted as soon as something urgent happens at home.
Research shows that although older adults have a high desire for aging in place, many of them don’t think it will happen and may seek alternatives. Pursuing technological devices for at home use may be a great solution. https://doi.org/10.26419/res.00231.001
Technological assistance can be a good compensatory mechanism for older adults, and can optimize their homes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK97336/
The older adult population is growing and “according to AARP, 87% of older adults age 65+ want to age in place and stay in their current home and community as they age” (Taylor). Smart technology can help them do so.
There is a growing need and demand for home care services and technology use to connect patients with health care at home amid the pandemic. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/coronavirus-concerns-show-increased-need-demand-home-care-experts-say-n1211261
A study found that better health and well-being in older adults was associated with higher social technology use and was mediated by reduced loneliness. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5312603/
An official report from the white house outlines that technology with intuitive design, strong privacy, user-friendly interfaces, and good security infrastructure is necessary for older adults to benefit from technological advances. https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/new-report-emerging-technologies-help-older-americans-maintain-independence