Active Ageing aims to foster a physically, mentally and socially active lifestyle as a person ages. It is a complex, multi-faceted problem that involves a variety of different actors, such as policy makers, doctors, care givers, family members, friends and, of course, older adults. This review aims to understand the role of a new actor, which increasingly plays the role of enabler and facilitator, i.e., that of the technology provider. The review specifically focuses on Information Technology (IT), with a particular emphasis on software applications, and on how IT can prevent decline, compensate for lost capabilities, aid care, and enhance existing capabilities. The analysis confirms the crucial role of IT in Active Ageing, shows that Active Ageing requires a multidisciplinary approach, and identifies the need for better integration of hardware, software, the environment and the involved actors.
Information Technology for Active Ageing: A Review of Theory and Practice sheds light on the role that information technology (IT) might play in helping older adults to age actively. The goal is to understand how IT can better support an Active Ageing, which is defined here as a physically, mentally, and socially active lifestyle as a person ages. The insights provided are based on the analysis of literature collected over two years of research and practice in designing IT solutions that are specifically tailored to the needs of older adults. It includes contributions from Computer Science disciplines as varied as eHealth, Mobile Computing, Social Computing, Ubiquitous and Ambient Computing, Persuasive Technologies, and Human Computer Interaction coupled with contributions from Human Movement Sciences, Psychology, Gerontology, and report on the topic from international institutions like the United Nations and the World Health Organization.
Information Technology for Active Ageing: A Review of Theory and Practice provides the reader with the following: