Technology for Adaptive Aging by Richard W. Pew, Susan B. Van Hemel

By Richard W. Pew, Susan B. Van Hemel

Rising and presently on hand applied sciences provide nice promise for supporting older adults, even these with out severe disabilities, to reside fit, cozy, and efficient lives. What applied sciences provide the main power profit? What demanding situations has to be conquer, what difficulties needs to be solved, for this promise to be fulfilled? How can federal businesses just like the nationwide Institute on getting older top use their assets to help the interpretation from laboratory findings to necessary, marketable services? "Technology for Adaptive getting older" is the manufactured from a workshop that introduced jointly unique specialists in getting older examine and in know-how to debate functions of know-how to verbal exchange, schooling and studying, employment, overall healthiness, residing environments, and transportation for older adults. It comprises the entire workshop papers and the document of the committee that prepared the workshop. The committee file synthesizes and evaluates the issues made within the workshop papers and recommends priorities for federal help of translational study in know-how for older adults.

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These and related engineering techniques will play a large role in the development of future technologies for the living environment. 4. Privacy. Many of the technologies described in this paper involve extensive monitoring of the routine daily activities of an older adult. Clearly, such monitoring raises important privacy concerns that will need to be addressed by technology designers to ensure that the rights and dignity of the users of the technology are respected. Although these challenges are significant, it should not be forgotten that the technology that gives rise to them is being created to handle equally significant challenges that result from the dramatic demographic shifts currently under way.

When looking at measures of overall satisfaction or quality of life, researchers often rely on measures that are likely to be confounded with more generally attributable sources of contentment or discontent, or on measures that are relatively crude, making it difficult to determine whether any meaningful change did, in fact, occur. Finally, when evaluating technology relative to the goal of enhanced autonomy, are researchers also assessing how the replacement of human contact by technological capability may impact other areas of a person’s life?

In other words, the capacity of current hardware far exceeds the capacity of the available software. Thus, much more effort is needed in developing the means to reduce and integrate data to make it useful in decision making. Moreover, the data reduction and integration will vary for different users. An older person with some functional impairment is likely to need more data reduction and decision support than a family member or a healthcare professional. Ethical, liability, and acceptability issues.

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