Aging May Not Mean Losing Your Independence
(AXcess News) Reno, NV – New technology could help older Americans keep their independence longer, according to an article in the Fall 2005 issue of the Public Policy & Aging Report, a quarterly publication of the National Academy on an Aging Society.
Many older adults live alone, deal with chronic medical conditions, and experience age-related changes in movement control and cognitive abilities. These same individuals largely prefer to maintain an independent lifestyle in their own homes. Authors Wendy A. Rogers and Arthur D. Fisk assert that aging successfully will be difficult in residences not designed to meet changing needs. The two researchers are affiliated with the Georgia Institute of Technology, where efforts are being focused on developing psychological and computer science to support home activities.