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Living In Place: the Impact of Smart Technology


Purpose of Review

To discuss impact of smart technology and highlight specific types of technologies that would be supportive of older adults to Live In Place.

Recent Findings

Smart technology has potential to increase the ability of older adults to remain in their homes by monitoring health, safety, and falls, preventing potential accidents and injuries. Several types of smart technology were identified in the literature as supportive of Living In Place. These include sensor systems with predictability analysis, wearable technology, information and communication technology, and smart homes. In general, the less intrusive and less high maintenance a smart technology, the better received it is by an older adult. Several considerations need to be made when choosing an appropriate smart technology device. Older adults’ views, beliefs, and comfort regarding smart technology play a large role in adoption rate. Smart technology use requirements also need to match the older adult’s abilities, while supporting areas of impairment. Finally, clinicians need to consider ethics regarding smart technology, such as privacy concerns and informed consent. As a result, a comprehensive assessment process is necessary in order to make appropriate recommendations.


Smart technology is an increasingly large part of our world with more devices being developed every day. It is important to take into consideration the older adult’s needs, abilities, and tolerance for technology in general, while also considering the features of devices before making recommendations. The appropriate smart technology has the potential to increase the ability of older adults to remain in their homes by supporting their independence in daily activities.

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Monique Chabot and Sabrena McCarley both report serving on the Medical Advisory Board of the Living In Place Institute.

Louie Delaware is the co-founder of the Living In Place Institute.

Casey Little, Allison Nye, and Emily Anderson declare no conflict of interest.

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Chabot, M., Delaware, L., McCarley, S. et al. Living In Place: the Impact of Smart Technology. Curr Geri Rep 8, 232–238 (2019).

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