Gerotechnology: Research and Practice in Technology and Aging / Edition 1

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Overview

Two "megatrends" of modern culture are rapid population aging and the inexorable advances in various technologies encountered by the population at large.

This comprehensive volume explores the intersections of technology with aging and serves as both a primer and reference for educators, students, researchers, and practitioners. It includes concepts from the basics of gerotechnology-person-environment fit-to the core activity fields-computer and assistive devices and their practical applications-to models, or prototypes for technical development and its application to everyday life.

Thought-provoking concluding chapters address ethical concerns for the future as well as offer new perspectives or context to ideas and innovations explored earlier.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826125163
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

David Burdick, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Gerontology at the Richard Skton College of New Jersey. He received his BA in psychology and environmental studies from Alfred University (1977), his master's (1980) and doctoral (1983) degrees in geropsychology from the University of Notre Dame, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Gerontology with the Gerontological Society of America (1984). He is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), a former member of AGHE's Executive committee, and an active member of several AGHE committees. Dr. Burdick is also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and Co-convener of GSA-TAG (Formal Interest Group on Technology and Aging). He serves on the editorial board of the Intergenerational Programming Quarterly and co-directs Skton's Democracy Dialogues Project funded by AAC&U, designed to improve community engagement among students and faculty at the college. Dr. Burdick has taught a course on aging and technology since 1987.

Sunkyo Kwon, PhD, is Director of the Applied Gerontology Graduate Program at Sookmyung University, Seoul, South Korea. He has been involved in numerous ventures related to information and communication technology, both in professional service and gerontological research. He earned bachelor's degrees at Yonsei University (Republic of Korea), and the University of Maryland; a Dipl-Psych at the Institute of Psychology, Technical University Berlin; and a doctorate degree at the Free University Berlin. Dr. Kwon has held multiple research positions at the Free University Berlin, at the Humboldt University Berlin Department of Geriatrics Research and Institute for Rehabilitation Sciences, and at the Institute for Health Sciences/Public Health, Technical University Berlin. He also served a three-year term as research consultant (qualitative and quantitative methods) at the Berlin Center of Public Health, an organization affiliated and supported by Berlin's three comprehensive universities (Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin). He is current co-convener of the GSA-TAG (Formal Interest Group on Technology and Aging).

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Table of Contents

Table and Figures
About the Authors
Foreword: Timeless Technology for All Ages, S. Kwon and D.C. Burdick
Preface, N. Charness
Acknowledgments
Section A: Basic Aspects of Gerotechnology
• Technology in Everyday Life for Older Adults, W.A. Rogers, C.B. Mayhorn, and A.D. Fisk
• Perceptual Aspects of Gerotechnology, C.T. Scialfa, G. Ho, and J. Laberge
• Designing Technology Based on Cognitive Aging Principles, C.B. Mayhorn, W.A. Rogers, and A.D. Fisk
• Aging and Technology—Social Science Approaches, H. Mollenkopf
Section B: Computers, Older Adults and Caregivers
• Why Older Adults Use or Do Not Use the Internet, R.W. Morrell, C.B. Mayhorn, and K.V. Echt
• Increasing Access to Reliable Information on the World Wide Web: Educational Tools for Web Designers, Older Adults, and Caregivers, A.E. Benbow
• Computer-Mediated Communication and Its Use in Support Groups for Family Caregivers, K.A. Smyth & S. Kwon
Section C: Assistive Technology in the Home and Environment
• Assistive Technology as Tools for Everyday Living and Community Participation While Aging, J. Hammel
• Monitoring Household Occupant Behaviors to Enhance Safety and Well-Being, D.M. Kutzik and A.P. Glascock
• Home, Safe Home: Household and Safety Assistive Technology, M.H. Parker, D. Sabata
• Technologies to Facilitate Health and Independent Living in Elderly Populations, B.Q. Tran
Section D: Models, Prototypes, and Specific Applications of Gerotechnology
• Technology and the Culture of Change: Application of Aviation Human Factors Research to Health Care Systems, K.V. Ujimoto
• Driving Simulation and Older Adults, G.W. Rebok and P. Keyl
• The Dr. Tong Louie Living Laboratory: A Unique Facility for the Research and Development of Assistive Technology, J. Watzke
• New Participative Tools in Product Development for Seniors, H.L. Dienel, A. Peine, and H. Cameron
Section E: Cautions, Integration and Synthesis
• Ethical Realities: The Old, the New, and the Virtual, G. Lesnoff-Caravaglia
Epilogue: Applications to Aging Are Helping Human Factors and Ergono, J.L. Fozard
About the Authors

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