Contemporary Issues in Gerontology: Promoting Positive Ageing

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Gerontechnology: Optimising
relationships between ageing people
and changing technology

James L. Fozard

'Gerontechnology' is a composite of two words: 'gerontology', the scientific study of ageing, and 'technology', research on and development of technically based products and environments. Concerned with the biological, psychological, social and medical aspects of ageing, gerontechnology is 'the study of technology and ageing for the benefit of a preferred living and working environment and of adapted medical care of the elderly' (Graafmans et al 1994, p. 12). As a theory or world view of ageing, gerontechnology is a transactional view of the dynamics of person/environment relationships that occur with secular changes in the built environment and the changes within and between the generations of ageing people who create and use the environment.

This chapter has four parts. The first defines the areas of application and impact of gerontechnology. The second addresses the proper role of ageing and older people in the guidance of technology development, and argues that the consumer should participate in the planning phases of development and distribution as well as the evaluation of technology-based products, services and environments. The third describes the major publications about gerontechnology, and provides an overview of current and recent research. The fourth relates gerontechnology to other views about health and ageing and to some other ecological views of person/

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