In This Issue
Spring Bridge on Technologies for Aging
March 15, 2019 Volume 49 Issue 1
With the emergence of technologies that can facilitate both independence and quality of life, the subject of this issue is compelling and extremely relevant. The articles explore a variety of aspects of the topic: applications of the Internet of Things, evolving transportation needs, the benefits of social robots, the use of “small data” to enhance understanding and treatment of age-related conditions, a systems approach to assistive technologies, and a framework to help plan for the eventualities of aging.
Articles In This Issue
  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    AuthorJeffrey A. Kaye

    In 1881 Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck of Germany proposed the first social insurance program of government pensions for nonworking older citizens. The age chosen for eligibility was 70 (later lowered to age 65, which subsequently became popularized as a milepost for when a person is ...

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    AuthorCharles Consel and Jeffrey A. Kaye

    The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a host of new functionalities for sensing both environments (e.g., through motion-activity sensors) and indi-viduals (e.g., through wearable smart watches) and for analyzing sensed data to make them actionable to users via notifications (e.g., through a smart ...

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    AuthorCynthia L. Breazeal, Anastasia K. Ostrowski, Nikhita Singh, and Hae Won Park

    Most older adults aim to age in place, in their own environments and familiar surroundings (Barrett 2008), but cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and/or relational changes may prevent them from doing so (Beer and Owens 2018). Researchers are exploring assistive technologies that support ...

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    AuthorWilliam B. Rouse and Dennis McBride

    This article focuses on cognitive assistive technologies that help people with disabilities in the workplace or older adults doing the “work” of daily life. The types of work and other activities needing assistance are outlined and likely technologies summarized. We briefly discuss the ...

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    AuthorHiroko H. Dodge and Deborah Estrin

    All people are uniquely endowed at birth by genetic and environmental conditions; by the time they enter their last decades, they have a lifetime of differentiation that determines their state of health and response to new events and conditions. This cumulative differentiation creates substantial ...

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    AuthorEric Dishman

    “The aim of precision medicine is to find ways to make health care more tailored to each person based on their individual differences.” (All of Us Research Program 2018)

    “Healthy Ageing [is] the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being ...

  • Friday, March 15, 2019
    AuthorWilliam M. Bulleit and Rosalyn W. Berne

    In an ethical utopia, all people would have access to the diagnoses, processes, tools, and treatments that would ensure health and well-being throughout life, regardless of economic means, intellectual or physical abilities, religious beliefs, political stance, -sexual orientation, gender identity, ...