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Using Technology to Enhance Resiliency Among Older Adults

  • Ronald W. Berkowsky
  • Elizabeth A. Yost
  • Shelia R. Cotten
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Abstract

Older adults are far less likely to adopt and successfully use technologies compared to younger groups. This is unfortunate given that older adults can benefit from technology use in a variety of ways. This chapter illustrates the ways in which technologies may benefit older adults in the US through the enhancement of resiliency. We begin by providing an overview of the aging population in the US and by discussing information and communication technology (ICT) use among older Americans. We discuss how ICTs can enhance resiliency among older Americans and, more specifically, among older adults living in continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). We conclude by providing an overview of other technologies which may benefit older adults with regards to resiliency. Through this discussion, those working with older adults can understand the potential benefits and importance of technologies in the lives of older adults.

Keywords

Aging Older adults Resilience Quality of life Technology ICT CCRC Well-being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald W. Berkowsky
    • 1
  • Elizabeth A. Yost
    • 2
  • Shelia R. Cotten
    • 3
  1. 1.California State University Channel IslandsCamarilloUSA
  2. 2.Washington CollegeChestertownUSA
  3. 3.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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