Technology: A Facilitator of Aging

Patient-centered technologies created for older adults can expand access to care, improve the care process, and reduce costs. Telemedicine and technology are progressing rapidly and must take into account the aging population and their unique needs. Research focused on expanding self-management of chronic diseases and coordinated care between providers, caregivers and older adults is greatly needed.

 "Lifespan technology" should be a collaborative effort involving behavioral scientists, engineers and users so that autonomy in old age is promoted in present and future generations. Technology needs to account for individual psychology and should take a lifecourse perspective in order to promote successful development at all ages. Systems must simultaneously create a supporting enviroment and promote self-initiatied processing to create long-term benefits of use. Research focused on maximizing gains and minimizes loses are important to preserve neurological functioning while promoting productivity, safety and quality of life.