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Title: Assistive technologies in caring for the oldest old: a review of current practice and future directions
Authors: Robinson, Louise
Gibson, Grant
Kingston, Andrew
Newton, Lisa
Pritchard, Gary
Finch, Tracy
Brittain, Katie
Contact Email: grant.gibson@stir.ac.uk
Issue Date: Aug-2013
Publisher: Future Medicine
Citation: Robinson L, Gibson G, Kingston A, Newton L, Pritchard G, Finch T & Brittain K (2013) Assistive technologies in caring for the oldest old: a review of current practice and future directions, Aging Health, 9 (4), pp. 365-375.
Abstract: Our aging populations have led to concern as to whether existing care provision will cope with the predicted future demand. The oldest old (those over 85 years) are a particular challenge; they are the fastest growing sector of our population and have high rates of comorbidity and cognitive impairment. Assistive technologies provide one possible solution to promote independence for older individuals, but are often underutilized in routine care. In this perspective, we consider how assistive technology can support the future care of the oldest old. First, we summarize the evidence on the health of the oldest old and their current use of assistive technology with a review on the evidence to date on the effectiveness, and potential benefits, of assistive technology. We then discuss the ethical issues associated with the use of assistive technology in this population and, finally, identify key directions for future research and service development in this field.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/22349
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.2217/ahe.13.35
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Affiliation: Newcastle University
Dementia Studies
Newcastle University
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