Gerontology: "to become ripe, grow old" from the Proto-Indo-European base *ger(e)

Medical Dictionary: The scientific study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and aging.

Technology: "systematic treatment of an art, craft, or technique" from the Greek tekhnologia

Science Dictionary: The use of scientific knowledge to solve practical problems, especially in industry and commerce.

GeronTech Values encompass both the subjective art of growing ripe and the objective science of solving the practical challenges of aging, using technologies to help elders and suport their caregivers. Aging may be regarded as a medical challenge and a tremendous achievement, as a generational burden and a generative blessing. It is certainly an opportunity for our elders, their families and society to benefit from the collective wisdom bestowed by our great longevity. The following videos and articles present these values.

The Future of Home Health Care

Toward Personal Health: Going Home and Beyond

Keynote presentation by Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow, to the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine. The CareWheels TeleCare Project is used to illustrate the potential of innovative tech-empowered care models to deliver triple-win benefits for elders, working age people with disabilities and health care providers.

 

High-Tech Aging: Improving Lives Today

LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies has created a vision video that shows how current technology can facilitate coordinated care and aging in place.

 

Experts agree that now is the time for elders and their caregivers to begin using these technologies:

 

State of Technology in Aging Services
by Majd Alwan, Ph.D.; Devon Wiley, Center for Aging Services Technologies,
and Jeremy Nobel, M.D., M.P.H, Harvard School of Public Health

Aging-services technologies can be broadly defined as technologies that can influence the aging experience for seniors, including their quality of life, health outcomes, satisfaction and/or the quality of care they receive. These include technologies that can be used by seniors, caregivers (both professional and informal), health care providers and aging services providers to improve the quality of care, enhance the caregivers’ experience, efficiencies and cost-effectiveness.

Technology for Aging in Place Market Overview
by Laurie M. Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch

GeronTech supports the values of: health & wellness, safety & security, communication & engagement, and learning & contribution. Technology capabilities exist now – and seniors are willing. First and foremost, technology to help age in place is at its most available and lowest cost to date.

 

Handbook of Geriatric Care Management
Chapter 11: Technologies That Support Aging in Place

by Cathy Cress, MSW and Julie Menack, MA, CLPF, CAPS

Technology can be used to help the care manager's clients to age safely in their home and also to ease some of the challenges of caregiving. It has the potential to help older adults maximize their independence, support professional and family caregivers' needs, improve the quality of care and quality of life, reduce and limit the cost of health care, and increase efficiency of care. The care manager who is willing to try new innovations is in a position to recommend affordable technologies that will enable the client to live in the least restrictive environment for as long as possible. The market for technology in care management is driven by the combination of an aging population with longer life expectancy, a shortage of physicians and nurses, a mobile population in which families are no longer living in close proximity to one another, and the technological improvements that have occurred in recent years.

Connected to the Community: Current Aging-in-Place Choices
by Susan Poor, M.P.H.

The challenge of the future is therefore to enable affordable independent living in peoples’ own homes, as the need for services increases and at a time when it is clear that the federal and state governments are not going to lead these efforts for middle-income seniors. The role of technology cannot be underestimated in achieving these goals [active engagement of older adults in planning and implementing services and supports, maintaining meaningful connections to the surrounding community, and having control over housing and other choices]. Advancements in technology for social connections, communication with medical personnel and family, brain fitness, arranging in-home services, diagnosis, medication management, health monitoring, receiving medical services at home, etc., will be groundbreaking in upcoming years.

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