The journal of nutrition, health & aging

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 97–112 | Cite as

Aging society and gerontechnology: A solution for an independent living?

  • Antoine Piau
  • E. Campo
  • P. Rumeau
  • B. Vellas
  • F. Nourhashemi
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Abstract

Recent studies report that the majority of older adults wish to live in their own homes, for as long as possible. This creates a growing interest in technologies to enable older people to remain living independently at home. The purpose of this article is to provide a narrative review of current technology appropriate for older adults’ home use. The key research questions were as follow: 1- What is the evidence demonstrating that gerontechnologies are effective in enabling independent living? 2- What are devices designed specifically for frail elderly persons ? Several publications were identified about devices targeting social isolation (videophonic communication, affective orthotic devices or companion-type robots, personal emergency response systems [security]), autonomy loss (technologies for maintenance of autonomy in the activities of daily living) and cognitive disorders (cognitive orthotics, wandering management systems, telemonitoring). Very few articles dealt specifically with the frail older person. In particular, there was extremely limited evidence on use and efficacy of these devices within this population. There is a need to obtain a consensus on definition of the technologies, and also to revisit work strategies and develop innovative business models. To meet this goal, we need to create a network of technological companies, aging services organizations, end-users, academics, and government representatives to explore the real needs of the frail older population and to develop and validate new devices promoting aging at home.

Key words

Frailty elderly technologies home review disability evaluation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Piau
    • 1
    • 4
    • 5
    • 2
  • E. Campo
    • 4
    • 5
  • P. Rumeau
    • 1
    • 3
  • B. Vellas
    • 1
    • 3
  • F. Nourhashemi
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.CHU de Toulouse, GérontopôleToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Université Paul SabatierToulouseFrance
  3. 3.Inserm 1027ToulouseFrance
  4. 4.CNRS, LAASToulouseFrance
  5. 5.Univ de Toulouse, UTM, LAASToulouseFrance

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