Assistive technology: opportunities and implications

Horner, Barbara and Soar, Jeffrey ORCID: and Koch, Bill (2009) Assistive technology: opportunities and implications. In: Older people: issues and innovations in care, 3rd ed. Elsevier (Churchill Livingstone), Sydney, Australia, pp. 391-412. ISBN 978-0-7295-3898-5

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It is important to recognize the role of technology and the impact on the lives of people who mostly do not understand how much this technology is already shaping the future.
Older people are often considered unable to learn about new sciences and uninterested in how technology can assist them to live their lives better. This assumption often restricts the use of assistive devices that could be life enhancing. The authors give examples of assistive technology and how it can be applied, both inside and outside the home environment. How to be informed and select the appropriate technology, as well as teaching understanding and acceptance, will be an increasing part of the role of the health care provider. Barriers to the use of assistive technology are discussed and the lack of business models to provide this at reasonable cost to consumers is addressed. The importance of evaluation of the assistive technology is stressed as this becomes the way to determine whether the devices are improving the life of the client or making it more difficult for them to manage.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems (1 Apr 2007 - 31 Dec 2010)
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2011 06:24
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 02:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: older people; nursing; aged care; technology
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing > 080101 Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111001 Aged Care Nursing
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890103 Mobile Data Networks and Services
C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing

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