Book Description

Aging, Health and Technology takes a problem-centered approach to examine how older adults use technology for health. It examines the many ways in which technology is being used by older adults, focusing on challenges, solutions and perspectives of the older user. Using aging-health technology as a lens, the book examines issues of technology adoption, basic human factors, cognitive aging, mental health, aging and usability, privacy, trust and automation. Each chapter takes a case study approach to summarize lessons learned from unique examples that can be applied to similar projects, while also providing general information about older adults and technology.

  • Discusses human factors design challenges specific to older adults
  • Covers the wide range of health-related uses for technology—from fitness to leading a more engaged life
  • Utilizes a case study approach for practical application
  • Envisions what the future will hold for technology and older adults
  • Employs a roster of interdisciplinary contributors

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of contributors
  6. Preface
  7. 1. Rethinking technology development for older adults: A responsible research and innovation duty
    1. Abstract
    2. Starting point: Challenges for aging societies
    3. Study I: Health assistance at home
    4. Study II: Serious exercise games in AAL
    5. Discussion and limitations
    6. Responsible research and innovation in technology development for older adults
    7. Acknowledgments
    8. References
  8. 2. Challenges associated with online health information seeking among older adults
    1. Abstract
    2. Older adults and ICT use
    3. Information search strategies
    4. Physical barriers
    5. Cognitive ability
    6. Literacy
    7. Attitudes toward technology
    8. Addressing the challenges older adults face
    9. References
  9. 3. Improving older adults’ comprehension and use of patient portal-based health information
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. The role of education, knowledge and health literacy in EHR portal use
    4. The role of numeracy skills in EHR portal use
    5. Affective responses, gist comprehension and decision making
    6. Enhancing EHR portal message formats to support older adult’s self-care
    7. Conclusion
    8. References
  10. 4. Bringing older drivers up to speed with technology: Cognitive changes, training, and advances in transportation technology
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Age-related changes in sensory, perceptual, and cognitive functions
    4. Countermeasures for increased crash risks among older drivers
    5. Summary
    6. References
  11. 5. Technological supports to increase nature contact for older adults
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Promoting health is essential for older adults to maintain a high quality of life
    4. Growth of the aging population and challenges to maintaining health
    5. Quality of life indicators for older adults
    6. Technology supports for quality of life
    7. Natural environments are therapeutic
    8. Health benefits of nature
    9. Technological supports connecting older adults to nature are showing promise as vehicles for health promotion
    10. Use of simulated natural environments to promote health
    11. Technological supports for increasing nature contact
    12. References
    13. Further reading
  12. 6. Design and development of an automated fall risk assessment system for older adults
    1. Abstract
    2. Aging, falls, and technology
    3. Automated fall risk assessment system
    4. Fall risk assessment
    5. Preliminary results
    6. User feedback and system refinement
    7. Discussion
    8. Future directions
    9. Acknowledgment
    10. References
  13. 7. Checking-in with my friends: Results from an in-situ deployment of peer-to-peer aging in place technologies
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Related work
    4. SOLACE in-home PeerCare technologies for urban low-SES older adults
    5. Privacy concerns and “DigiSwitch”
    6. Methods
    7. Results
    8. Discussion
    9. Conclusion and future work
    10. Acknowledgments
    11. References
  14. 8. Enhancing social engagement of older adults through technology
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Social engagement
    4. The value of social engagement for health outcomes
    5. Barriers to social engagement for older adults
    6. Using technology to foster social engagement
    7. Current dissemination of social engagement technologies
    8. Recommendations for social engagement technologies
    9. Conclusion
    10. References
    11. Further reading
  15. 9. Virtual cognitive training in healthy aging and mild cognitive impairment
    1. Abstract
    2. Cognitive declines in healthy aging and MCI
    3. Behavioral interventions to enhance cognition
    4. Discussion
    5. References
    6. Further reading
  16. 10. Social agents for aging-in-place: A focus on health education and communication
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Social agents for health education and decision making
    4. Social agents for health communication applications
    5. Challenges in implementation
    6. Social agents for health education and communication: Future opportunities
    7. Summary
    8. References
    9. Further reading
  17. 11. Design of human centered augmented reality for managing chronic health conditions
    1. Abstract
    2. The potential role of AR in managing chronic health conditions
    3. Definition and examples of augmented reality
    4. Type 2 diabetes: A case study for AR, aging, and health
    5. Conclusion
    6. References
  18. Index