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May Technology Support Aging? Diverse Users’ Opinions on Aging and Use of Health-Supporting Technology

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Abstract

Populations of many countries in the world are facing new challenges caused by the current demographic shifts, resulting in a strong increase of the part of society aged 65 years and older. Alongside with economic consequences connected to this phenomenon, societies have to provide improved health care standards, accordingly to the higher needs and requirements of seniors. Assistive technologies (e.g., lifelogging technologies) in the health-related context are capable to support some of the challenges arising from a higher life expectancy and offer more autonomous lifestyle of seniors. However, to be successfully adapted such technologies must be well accepted among diverse potential users. This study examines in an online-survey with N = 585 participants current attitudes towards aging and quality of life in old age, as well as indicators of acceptance for health-supporting technologies, which are meant to support seniors and/or persons with chronic disease(s) in their private environments. In addition, this study examines whether user factors like age, gender, and health status significantly affect these opinions. The findings provide valuable insights into these research aims, supporting the understanding of currently changing aging concepts and indicators which contribute to a long-term adoption of medical assistive technology in modern societies.

Keywords

Aging Medical assistive technology Technology acceptance User diversity 

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank all participants for their contribution in the survey. This work has been funded by the project PAAL, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education (reference number 6SV7955).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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