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Gerotechnology: Research and Practice in Technology and Aging / Edition 1

Gerotechnology: Research and Practice in Technology and Aging / Edition 1

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Two "megatrends" of modern culture are rapid population aging and the inexorable advances in various technologies encountered by the population at large.

This comprehensive volume explores the intersections of technology with aging and serves as both a primer and reference for educators, students, researchers, and practitioners. It includes concepts from the basics of gerotechnologyóperson-environment fitóto the core activity fieldsócomputer and assistive devices and their practical applicationsóto models, or prototypes for technical development and its application to everyday life.

Thought-provoking concluding chapters address ethical concerns for the future as well as offer new perspectives or context to ideas and innovations explored earlier.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826125163
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

David Burdick, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of Gerontology at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He received his BA in psychology and environmental studies from Alfred University (1977), his master's (1980) and doctoral (1983) degrees in geropsychology from the University of Notre Dame, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Gerontology with the Gerontological Society of America (1984). He is a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), a former member of AGHE's Executive committee, and an active member of several AGHE committees. Dr. Burdick is also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and Co-convener of GSA-TAG (Formal Interest Group on Technology and Aging). He serves on the editorial board of the Intergenerational Programming Quarterly and co-directs Stockton's Democracy Dialogues Project funded by AAC&U, designed to improve community engagement among students and faculty at the college. Dr. Burdick has taught a course on aging and technology since 1987.

Sunkyo Kwon, PhD, is Director of the Applied Gerontology Graduate Program at Sookmyung University, Seoul, South Korea. He has been involved in numerous ventures related to information and communication technology, both in professional service and gerontological research. He earned bachelor's degrees at Yonsei University (Republic of Korea), and the University of Maryland; a Dipl-Psych at the Institute of Psychology, Technical University Berlin; and a doctorate degree at the Free University Berlin. Dr. Kwon has held multiple research positions at the Free University Berlin, at the Humboldt University Berlin Department of Geriatrics Research and Institute for Rehabilitation Sciences, and at the Institute for Health Sciences/Public Health, Technical University Berlin. He also served a three-year term as research consultant (qualitative and quantitative methods) at the Berlin Center of Public Health, an organization affiliated and supported by Berlin's three comprehensive universities (Free University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, Technical University Berlin). He is current co-convener of the GSA-TAG (Formal Interest Group on Technology and Aging).

Table of Contents

    Table and Figures
    About the Authors
    Foreword: Timeless Technology for All Ages, S. Kwon and D.C. Burdick
    Preface, N. Charness
    Section A: Basic Aspects of Gerotechnology
  1. Technology in Everyday Life for Older Adults, W.A. Rogers, C.B. Mayhorn, and A.D. Fisk
  2. Perceptual Aspects of Gerotechnology, C.T. Scialfa, G. Ho, and J. Laberge
  3. Designing Technology Based on Cognitive Aging Principles, C.B. Mayhorn, W.A. Rogers, and A.D. Fisk
  4. Aging and Technology--Social Science Approaches, H. Mollenkopf

  5. Section B: Computers, Older Adults and Caregivers
  6. Why Older Adults Use or Do Not Use the Internet, R.W. Morrell, C.B. Mayhorn, and K.V. Echt
  7. Increasing Access to Reliable Information on the World Wide Web: Educational Tools for Web Designers, Older Adults, and Caregivers, A.E. Benbow
  8. Computer-Mediated Communication and Its Use in Support Groups for Family Caregivers, K.A. Smyth & S. Kwon

  9. Section C: Assistive Technology in the Home and Environment
  10. Assistive Technology as Tools for Everyday Living and Community Participation While Aging, J. Hammel
  11. Monitoring Household Occupant Behaviors to Enhance Safety and Well-Being, D.M. Kutzik and A.P. Glascock
  12. Home, Safe Home: Household and Safety Assistive Technology, M.H. Parker, D. Sabata
  13. Technologies to Facilitate Health and Independent Living in Elderly Populations, B.Q. Tran

  14. Section D: Models, Prototypes, and Specific Applications of Gerotechnology
  15. Technology and the Culture of Change: Application of Aviation Human Factors Research to Health Care Systems, K.V. Ujimoto
  16. Driving Simulation and Older Adults, G.W. Rebok and P. Keyl
  17. The Dr. Tong Louie Living Laboratory: A Unique Facility for the Research and Development of Assistive Technology, J. Watzke
  18. New Participative Tools in Product Development for Seniors, H.L. Dienel, A. Peine, and H. Cameron

  19. Section E: Cautions, Integration and Synthesis
  20. Ethical Realities: The Old, the New, and the Virtual, G. Lesnoff-Caravaglia

  21. Epilogue: Applications to Aging Are Helping Human Factors and Ergono, J.L. Fozard
    About the Authors

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From the Publisher

"For anyone interested in understanding the impact of technology on the quality of life of older adults, this book is a must read...[A]n impressive roster of authors...contribute chapters covering a broad range of topics on gerontechnology. The chapters are organized in logical, topic-oriented clusters, beginning with information about the implications of physical, cognitive, and psychological aging processes for the design and application of various technologies in the context of everyday living...The cluster of chapters that focuses on computer/internet use by older adults for accessing information and services is particularly informative...This book identifies key issues that need to be addressed as technological advances affect the lives of older adults and determine quality-of-life outcomes." --Canadian Journal on Aging, 25 (2), 2006

"Burdick and Kwon have brought together from around the world, the leaders in the area of gerontology and technology for Gerontechnology: Research and Practice in Technology and Aging. This book is not simply about today’s technology, but rather about how technology is used, and how it will be used as it continues to advance. The concepts and principles discussed in this book can be applied to today’s technology and to the technology we are likely to see in the future. Students will find this book packed with knowledge they can apply following graduation. Practitioners and scholars in aging will appreciate the thoroughness and thoughtfulness of coverage of the major topics."
--William C. Mann, Otr, Ph.D. Director, Ph.D. Program in Rehabilitation Science, University of Florida.

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