Impact of Technology on Successful Aging

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Editors: Neil Charness PhD K. Warner Schaie PhD


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This volume provides a detailed examination of changes in technology that impact individuals as they age with an emphasis upon cultural contexts and person-environment fit from human factors, psychological, and sociological perspectives.

The editors take into consideration the role of macro-influences in shaping technological changes in industrialized societies that effect successful aging in terms of quality of life. Topics discussed include: human factors and aging; the impact of the internet; and assistive technology. As a special feature, each chapter is followed by two commentaries from experts in the same and neighboring disciplines.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 23, 2003
  • Page Count 352
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826124036
  • EISBN 9780826123978

About The Author(s) 


Neil Charness, PhD, received his BA (1969) in Psychology from McGill University, and his MS (1971) and PhD (1974) in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. He was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University (1974-1977) and a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo (1977-1994). He is currently a Professor of Psychology at the Florida State University, and a Research Associate at the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy. His current research interests focus on the topics of aging and expert performance across the life span, and age and human factors as related to technology use. He has held grants concerned with these topics from the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Aging Research Network (Canada), the DAAD (Germany), the Retirement Research Foundation (USA), and the National Institute on Aging (USA). He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, The American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Gerontological Society of America.

Table of Contents 

  1. Technology Design, Usability, and Aging: Human Factors Techniques and Considerations, W.A. Rogers and A.D. Fisk

  2. Commentary: Access, Motivation, Ability, Design, and Training: Necessary Conditions Older Adult Success with Technology, N. Charness
    Commentary: Is It All About Aging? Technology and Aging in Social Context, M.A. Hardy and C.L. Baird
  3. Human Factors and Aging: Identifying and Compensating for Age-related Deficits in Sensory and Cognitive Function, F. Scheiber

  4. Commentary: Aging Effects on Vision: Impairment, Variablility, Self-Report and Compensatory Change, D.W. Kline
    Commentary: Using Technology to Lower Age's Perceptual and Cognitive Hurdles: Schieber Lists some Known and Neglected and New and Needed Ways, J.L. Fozard
  5. The Impact of the Internet on Older Adults, S.J. Czaja and C.C. Lee

  6. Commentary: Applying Research: The Project, R.W. Morrell, S.R. Dailey, and G.K. Rousseau
    Commentary: Social Aspects of Gerontechnology, J.C. Thomas
  7. Assistive Technology, W.C. Mann

  8. Commentary: Next Steps in Home Modification and Assistive Technology Research, L.N. Gitlin
    Commentary: Assistive Technology: Potential and Preconditions of Useful Applications, H. Mollenkopf
  9. Impact of Everyday Technology in the Home Environment on Older Adults' Quality of Life, H.W. Wahl and H. Mollenkopf

  10. Commentary: The Nested Context of Technology: A Response to Wahl and Mollenkopf, R.J. Scheidt
    Commentary: Gerotechnology and the Home Environment, G. Gutman
  11. Technology and the Promise of Independent Living for Older Adults: A Cognitive Perspective, L.L. Liu and D.C. Park

  12. Commentary: Technology as Environmental Support for Older Adults' Daily Activities, D. Morrow
    Commentary: Using Technology to Foster Engagement and Improve Health in Elderly Persons, S.H. Gueldner and S.J. Loeb

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