Improving Older People’s Lives Through Digital Technology and Practices

Marston, Hannah and Musselwhite, Charles (2021). Improving Older People’s Lives Through Digital Technology and Practices. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 7 pp. 1–4.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/23337214211036255

Abstract

The Aging and Technology special issue showcases twelve papers spanning a range and diversity of international scholarly research within the field of ageing and technology. The collection of papers demonstrates the positive impact technology can have on the lives of older people including improving cognitive performance, physical and mental health and people’s daily activities and practices. There are still barriers to use, including psychological issues of motivation, attitudes, privacy and trust and social issues involving learning to use the technology. In conclusion, to help overcome these barriers, it is recommended that research and development of technology involves older people as co-developers working with stakeholders from different disciplines and backgrounds.

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