The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging - 2014 Report Update
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This encyclopedic report includes an tour of the nexus of technology and aging. Forward-looking, it also catalogs the products available today in a myriad of categories (12) to promote health, safeth, and connectedness amond older adults who have chosen to age in place at home - often alone.
Update Nov 2019: This no longer seems available.
From the report: Touring the Connected Aging Landscape
The following framework presents the landscape of technologies for connected aging through four categories that are based on the purpose and primary location of the technology:
Body: Products that support monitoring and management of an older adult’s physiological status and mental health for maintaining wellness and managing the chronic conditions
Home Environment: Products that support monitoring and maintaining the functional status of older adults in their home environments
Community: Technologies that enable older adults to stay socially connected to their families, friends, and local communities
Caregiving: Technologies and products that support both informal and formal caregivers in providing timely and effective care and support to older adults and persons with disabilities in their homes
The final category in particular highlights how many technologies can be used both to empower older adults in managing their own health and remaining independent while also enabling them to be monitored by either professional or informal caregivers
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