Technology and the elderly - The role of technology in prolonging the independence of the elderly in the community care context
A constructive technology assessment approach is adopted in assessing the potential of technologies to support the independence of the elderly in the community care context. The report examines the interplay between the quality of life for the elderly, community care provision and technologies. Demographic and socioeconomic circumstances are discussed. Four areas of need - social needs, medical needs, security needs and needs related to the activities of daily living - are examined in detail. This then provides a context for the discussion of issues relating to the diffusion of innovations and factors implicated in R&D and production decisions. Five main application areas are discussed - personal assistance devices, environmental adaptation and control, home health care, remote care and consumer products, household amenities and utilities . Finally some priorities relating to applications and their development and uptake are indentified.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14419 EN (1992) 135 pp., FS, ECU 15
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-4826-5
Record Number: 199310059 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en