Posts Tagged ‘senior technology’
There is a significant growth in digital technology adoption by older adults. Research found that adults 60 and older are spending more than 50% of daily leisure time on screen time. https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinseatonjefferson/2019/06/28/more-seniors-are-embracing-technology-but-can-they-use-it-ucsd-researchers-suggest-asking-them/?sh=12e2b7d42323
When seniors become comfortable with tech devices, they become avid users. A study found that of the 30% of seniors over age 73 that own a smartphone, 77% go online multiple times a day. https://www.forbes.com/sites/amyblankson/2018/09/07/4-ingenious-technologies-to-help-aging-adults-stay-connected-and-engaged/?sh=1a4c33684ab8
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
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.
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/