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Defining gerontechnology for R&D purposes
Gerontechnology (2009)
  • Johanna E. M. H. van Bronswijk
  • Herman H. Bouma
  • James L. Fozard, University of South Florida
  • William D. Kearns, University of South Florida
  • Gerald C. Davison
  • Pan-Chio Tuan

Gerontechnology is an interdisciplinary field that links existing and developing technologies to the aspirations and needs of aging and aged adults. It helps support ‘successful aging’, is organized according to the WHO definition of health, and is a response to the combination of the aging of society and rapidly emerging new technologies. Distinguishing it from other technology approaches is its focus on the total human life-span, its recognition of different technology generations, its cross-fertilization of specific technology and gerontology disciplines, its public health goals and the encompassing of all domains of human activity. An enhanced quality of life in older adults is the ultimate goal of gerontechnology.

  • technology generation,
  • gerontology,
  • quality of life,
  • inclusive design
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Johanna E. M. H. van Bronswijk, Herman H. Bouma, James L. Fozard, William D. Kearns, et al.. "Defining gerontechnology for R&D purposes" Gerontechnology Vol. 8 Iss. 1 (2009)
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