Ageing and Digital Technology

Designing and Evaluating Emerging Technologies for Older Adults

  • Barbara Barbosa Neves
  • Frank Vetere

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Barbara Barbosa Neves, Frank Vetere
    Pages 1-14
  3. Theoretical and Conceptual Approaches

  4. Methodological Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Rachel Franz, Barbara Barbosa Neves
      Pages 99-114
    3. Edgar Gómez Cruz, Jessica Noske-Turner, Jolynna Sinanan
      Pages 115-131
  5. Ethical and Axiological Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Grant Gibson, Katie Brittain, Louise Robinson
      Pages 213-227
  6. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Steven Baker, Jenny Waycott, Frank Vetere, Thuong Hoang
      Pages 231-246
    3. Adriano Pasqualotti, Fausto Amaro, Barbara Barbosa Neves
      Pages 247-265
    4. Kazuhiko Terashima, Ryo Saegusa
      Pages 267-283
    5. Marcos Baez, Radoslaw Nielek, Fabio Casati, Adam Wierzbicki
      Pages 285-306
    6. Carlos Duarte, José Coelho
      Pages 307-326
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-335

About this book


This book brings together Sociologists, Computer Scientists, Applied Scientists and Engineers to explore the design, implementation and evaluation of emerging technologies for older people. It offers an innovative and comprehensive overview, not only of the rapidly developing suite of current digital technologies and platforms, but also of perennial theoretical, methodological and ethical issues. As such, it offers support for researchers and professionals who are seeking to understand and/or promote technology use among older adults. 
The contributions presented here offer theoretical and methodological frameworks for understanding age-based digital inequalities, participation, digital design and socio-gerontechnology. They include ethical and practical reflections on the design and evaluation of emerging technologies for older people, as well as guidelines for ethical, participatory, professional and cross-disciplinary research and practice. In addition, they feature state-of-the-art, international empirical research on communication technologies, games, assistive technology and social media. 
As the first truly multidisciplinary book on technology use among ageing demographics, and intended for students, researchers, applied researchers, practitioners and professionals in a variety of fields, it will provide these readers with insights, guidelines and paradigms for practice that transcend specific technologies, and lay the groundwork for future research and new directions in innovation.


Technology and ageing Digital technology and seniors Digital technology and elderly Information technologies and seniors Communication technologies and seniors Information technologies and elderly Communication technologies and elderly Technology design for seniors Technology and social gerontology Older adults and virtual social environments Multidisciplinary approaches to ageing and technology Theoretical perspectives on ageing and technology Research methods for ageing and technology Emerging technologies for seniors Ageing and social participation Technology and elderly autonomy Technology design for elderly Computer science and the elderly Digital technology and social change Assistive technologies

Editors and affiliations

  • Barbara Barbosa Neves
    • 1
  • Frank Vetere
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.School of EngineeringUniversity of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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