Homelike Living for Elderly People: A Needs-Based Selection of Technological Solutions

Jere Jännes (Corresponding Author), Päivi Hämäläinen, Jyri Hanski, Marinka Lanne

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    Abstract

    Changes in global demographics have resulted in major consequences and implications in the economic, social, and political fields. These changes have created a growing market for aging-related technology. However, those who are responsible for purchasing solutions for the elderly do not always fully understand both the needs and limitations of the end user, and technological solutions are not usually developed from the perspective of the elderly in the first place. A technology review, in-depth and semi-structured interviews, and a questionnaire regarding the needs of the elderly and their views on technology were used to create the framework for technology selection. The emphasis is on comprehensive solutions and a move from single sales to public-private co-operation and collaboration. Technology is, however, not the answer to everything. It cannot replace human relationships, but suitable technological solutions can support a social life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)64-72
    JournalHome Health Care Management & Practice
    Volume27
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • elderly
    • technology
    • solution
    • selection
    • purchasing
    • home living

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