Technologies for Active Aging

  • Andrew Sixsmith
  • Gloria Gutman

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Andrew Sixsmith, Gloria Gutman
    Pages 1-5
  3. Andrew Sixsmith
    Pages 7-25
  4. Sara Czaja, Scott Beach, Neil Charness, Richard Schulz
    Pages 27-46
  5. Andrew Eccles, Leela Damodaran, Wendy Olphert, Irene Hardill, Mary Gilhooly
    Pages 47-68
  6. Maggie Gibson, Gloria Gutman, Sandra Hirst, Kelly Fitzgerald, Rory Fisher, Robert Roush
    Pages 69-93
  7. Ilse Bierhoff, Sonja Müller, Sandra Schoenrade-Sproll, Sarah Delaney, Paula Byrne, Vesna Dolničar et al.
    Pages 123-153
  8. Eunju Hwang, Andrew Park, Andrew Sixsmith, Gloria Gutman
    Pages 155-168
  9. Arlene Astell
    Pages 169-187
  10. Robert Beringer, Andrew Sixsmith
    Pages 189-199
  11. Andrew Sixsmith, Maria Carrillo, David Phillips, Peter Lansley, Ryan Woolrych
    Pages 201-221
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 223-228

About this book


The two phenomena are occurring side by side: a rapidly growing elder population and a burgeoning tech sector. Where a few years ago these worlds would not have met, a new generation of older adults has grown comfortable with technology and open to its possibilities for improving their lives as they age.

 Technologies for Active Aging offers novel answers to a range of aging issues, from safety and mobility to cognition and continence. Written for the non-technical reader, the book examines the potential of information and communicative technologies such as pervasive computing, smart environments, and robotics to enhance seniors' quality of life and encourage independent living, better care and self-care, and social participation.

Diversity is emphasized here, in terms of the life areas addressed, the perspectives of elders and caregivers, and the global reach of those working toward solutions. This state-of-the-field volume looks ahead to future research and the next wave of innovations to help all seniors, regardless of health or ability. Among the topics featured:

  • Promoting technology use by people with dementia.
  • Wheelchair mobility in older adults.
  • Intelligent systems for assessing age-related changes using home-based technology.
  • Measuring the effectiveness of assistive technologies in community and home settings.
  • Technology for the prevention of fall-related injuries.
  • Tele-health in chronic disease management.

 A comprehensive mix of theoretical developments and emerging realities, Technologies for Active Aging serves a variety of professionals, including gerontologists, sociologists, health and cross-cultural psychologists, and public health policymakers.


Active aging Ambient assertive living Assistive technology Healthcare technology Home-based technology ICT Independent living Information and communication technology Injury prevention Mobility Older adults Pervasive computing Quality of life Robotics Telehealth Wheelchair

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew Sixsmith
    • 1
  • Gloria Gutman
    • 2
  1. 1., Gerontology Research CentreSimon Fraser UniversityVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Simon Fraser UniversityGerontology Research CentreVancouverCanada

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