Meaningful technology for seniors: viewpoints for sustainable care service systems

Kentaro Watanabe (Corresponding author), Marketta Niemelä, Hannamaija Määttä, Hiroyasu Miwa, Ken Fukuda, Takuichi Nishimura, Marja Toivonen

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Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Robotic Technology (RT) are considered as a key element to make elderly-care sustainable. However, the development and implementation of these technologies for elderly- care are still problematic. Especially for the application of these technologies in different countries, differences in care practices, policies and cultures could become barriers. To overcome these issues, the analysis of elderly- care from the service system perspective is a promising approach. In the scheme of Japanese-Finnish collaborative project "Meaningful Technology for Seniors: Safety, Comfort and Joy (METESE) -Models of Digital and Human Networks," this paper proposes important viewpoints toward care service systems for developing and implementing meaningful technologies for seniors and elderly-care, based on the literature/document survey on elderly-care and care technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Serviceology, ICServ2016
PublisherSociety for Serviciology
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event4th International Conference on Serviceology, ICServ 2016: Special session: Meaningful Technologies for Seniors - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 6 Sept 20168 Sept 2016


Conference4th International Conference on Serviceology, ICServ 2016
Abbreviated titleICServ 2016


  • elderly-care
  • service systems
  • technology


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