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Can smart home technology deliver on the promise of independent living?

a critical reflection based on the perspectives of older adults

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Can smart home technology deliver on the promise of independent living?

a critical reflection based on the perspectives of older adults

Rechten: Alle rechten voorbehouden

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Expectations are high with regards to smart home technology. In particular, smart home technology is expected to support or enable independent living by older adults. This raises the question: can smart home technology contribute to independent living, according to older adults themselves? This chapter aims to answer this question by reviewing and discussing older adults’ perspectives on independence and their views on smart home technology. Firstly, older adults’ opinions on independence and aging in place are discussed. Secondly, this chapter will review to what extent smart home technology can support older adults’ independence. Thirdly, it will be explained how community-dwelling older adults’ concept of independence entails three distinct types or modes, and how these modes are related to their perceptions and acceptance of technology. In the last section of this chapter, an overview of key points is presented, and recommendations for technology designers, policy makers, and care providers are postulated.

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OrganisatieFontys Hogescholen
InstituutFontys Paramedische Hogeschool
LectoraatLectoraat Health innovations and technology
Gepubliceerd inHandbook of smart homes, health care and well-being Springer International Publishing Switzerland, Cham, Pagina's: 1-10
Datum2009-03-06
TypeBoekdeel
ISBN978-3-319-01904-8
TaalEngels

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