We found this interesting post in the Department of Aging and Adult Services’ New Blog at sfconnected.org…
A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging in Place
We are at the dawning of “Connected Aging” in which the growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices increasingly will support older adults to age in place. Emerging technologies will enable both older adults and their caregivers to address a comprehensive range of health, social, and functional needs. Technology-based solutions that connect older adults to friends, family, and community are becoming more viable; older adults and their caregivers are growing increasingly tech savvy; technology usability is improving; and price points are descending.
This issue brief is intended to help decision makers in the health care, aging-services, and policy communities understand the emerging range of technologies that can empower older adults to remain independent and improve the capacity of formal and informal caregivers. To assist in better understanding the landscape, the issue brief describes a framework that organizes connected aging technologies into four main categories: body, home environment, community, and caregiving. It also identifies key emerging technologies, how the new era of connected aging is unfolding, and key challenges that face older adults and providers in maximizing the benefits of technology. -Center for Technology and Aging
Read the Center for Technology and Aging’s new issue brief, “The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging in Place.”
See other interesting highlights from the SF Connected blog at sfconnected.org.