Can Smart Home Technology Deliver on the Promise of Independent Living?

A Critical Reflection Based on the Perspectives of Older Adults
  • Sebastiaan T. M. PeekEmail author
  • Sil Aarts
  • Eveline J. M. Wouters
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Expectations are high with regards to smart home technology. In particular, smart home technology is expected to support or enable independent living by older adults. This raises the question: can smart home technology contribute to independent living, according to older adults themselves? This chapter aims to answer this question by reviewing and discussing older adults’ perspectives on independence and their views on smart home technology. Firstly, older adults’ opinions on independence and aging in place are discussed. Secondly, this chapter will review to what extent smart home technology can support older adults’ independence. Thirdly, it will be explained how community-dwelling older adults’ concept of independence entails three distinct types or modes, and how these modes are related to their perceptions and acceptance of technology. In the last section of this chapter, an overview of key points is presented, and recommendations for technology designers, policy makers, and care providers are postulated.


Independence Aging in place Smart home technology Technology acceptance Design Implementation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sebastiaan T. M. Peek
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Sil Aarts
    • 1
  • Eveline J. M. Wouters
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Allied Health Professions, Chair of Health Innovations and TechnologyFontys University of Applied SciencesEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Tranzo, School of Social and Behavioral SciencesTilburg UniversityTilburgThe Netherlands

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