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Research, Practice, and Principles in the Field of Technology and Aging


  • Sunkyo Kwon PhD
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Awarded third place in the 2017 AJN Book of the Year Awards in Information Technology

Two mega-trends of modern culture, the rapid aging of the population and the inexorable advances in technology, have fueled the development of gerontechnology--the use of technology to sustain individual autonomy to an advanced age. This expansive book encompasses state-of-the-art research in gerontechnology and promising new technologies, products, and services that can improve activities of daily living, general health, and wellbeing of older individuals. It addresses current and future applications in such crucial areasas mobility and transportation, assistive devices, smart homes for senior citizens, in-home technologies, safety and privacy, and research and development highlighting--among others--design.

Topics include, but are not limited to, virtual environments as a research tool, sensation, perception, and cognition research advancements, novel accessibility challenges to information and communication technology, as well as the evolving characteristics of the elderly. These are among the welcome developments addressed in the book. Contributors from around the globe, including the UK, Germany, Japan, Canada, The Netherlands, Korea, the United States, and more, bring unprecedented cross-cultural insight to the intersections of aging phenomena and technology.

Key Features:

  • Disseminates empirically proven findings and evidence-based theories, models, and concepts
  • Written by world-recognized leaders in the field of technology and aging
  • Reflects the global usage of gerontechnological applications
  • Includes new technologies, research, and applications for virtual environments, smart homes, assistive technology care, and robotics
  • Discusses computer-assisted social engagement, technology-facilitated caregiving, business case examples, and more

Product Details 

  • Publication Date September 15, 2016
  • Page Count 570
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826128881
  • EISBN 9780826128898

About The Author(s) 

Sunkyo Kwon, Ph.D., is research fellow at the Institute of Mental Health, Hanyang University. He has been director of the Applied Gerontology Graduate Program at Sookmyung University. Dr. Kwon has been involved in numerous ventures related to information and communication technology for the elderly, both in professional service and gerontological research. He earned bachelor's degrees at Yonsei University, RoK, and the University of Maryland where he was nominated as an Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi member, a Dipl.-Psych. (master’s degree) at the Institute of Psychology, Technical University Berlin (TUB), and a doctorate at the Free University Berlin (FUB), summa cum laude. Dr. Kwon has held multiple research and faculty positions, among others as research scientist and/or professor at the FUB, at the Humboldt University Berlin, at the TUB Institute for Health Sciences/Public Health, and at Hallym University, RoK. He also served as research consultant at the Berlin Center of Public Health. Dr. Kwon has been a convener and co-convener of the Formal Interest Group on Technology and Aging (Gerontological Society of America) during four years and serves as an advisor for the South Korean National Information Agency.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Neil Charness



Previews in Brief

Introduction: Technology for the Elderly Across Contexts, Time, and Disciplines Sunkyo Kwon


1. The History and Incubation of Gerontechnology

Jan A. M. Graafmans

2. Perceptual Aspects of Gerontechnology

Walter Wittich and Jean-Pierre Gagné

3. Social Contexts of Technology Use in Old Age

Stefan T. Kamin, Frieder R. Lang, and Thomas Kamber

4. Aging in Intra- and Intergenerational Contexts: The Family Technologist

Lesa Lorenzen Huber, Carol Watson, Karen A. Roberto, and Beth Ann Walker

5. Privacy Implications of Aware, Active, and Adaptive Technologies

L. Jean Camp and Lesa Lorenzen Huber


6. Methods in Gerontechnology With a Focus on Virtual Environments as a Research Tool in Aging Mobility Studies

Andrew J. Park, Eunju Hwang, and Gloria M. Gutman

7. Information and Communication Technology in Active Aging With a Focus on User Interfaces

Myung Hwan Yun and Seongil Lee

8. User-Sensitive Inclusive Design for Technology in Everyday Life

Christopher Sze Chong Lim and Alan F. Newell

9. Quality Lighting for Independence and Health in Aging

Eunice Noell-Waggoner and Robert Dupuy

10. The Aging Road User and Technology to Promote Safe Mobility for Life

Walter R. Boot and Charles T. Scialfa

11. Smart Home Technologies Supporting Aging in Place

Gloria M. Gutman, Soonwook Kwon, Jörg-Friedrich Güttler, Christos Georgoulas, Thomas Linner, Thomas Bock, Ryoko Fukuda, and Sunkyo Kwon

12. Assistive Technology for Older People

Richard Davies, Ryoko Fukuda, Hui-Min Hua, Suzanne Martin, Maurice Mulvenna, and Sebastian Merkel

13. Constraints on Adoption of Telehealth to Support Aging Populations

Neil Charness

14. Behavioral Monitoring to Enhance Safety and Wellness in Old Age

David M. Kutzik

15. Acute Health Care Servicing the Elderly: Medical Emergency Transportation Systems as a Sample Case

K. Victor Ujimoto and Sunkyo Kwon


16. Technology Acceptance and Aging

Sebastian Merkel, Peter Enste, Josef Hilbert, Ke Chen, Alan H.-S. Chan and Sunkyo Kwon

17. Health Management, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention in Gerontechnology

T. J. McCallum, Emily M. Agree, and Jean F. Coppola

18. Setting Technology Into Context for Mild to Severe Cognitive Impairments in Old Age: Psychological Perspectives

Laura I. Schmidt, Katrin Claßen, and Hans-Werner Wahl

19. Designing Technology for Older Adults: Augmenting Usefulness and Usability via Cognitive Support

Christopher B. Mayhorn, Wendy A. Rogers, and Katharina V. Echt

20. Isolation and Gerontechnology: Computer-Assisted Social Engagement

Neal E. Cutler

21. Silver Product Development: The Concept of Autonomy as the Common Denominator in Innovations for Older Users

Florian Kohlbacher and Cornelius Herstatt

22. Marketing to Aging Consumers

Jul Thanasrivanitchai, Randall Shannon, and George P. Moschis


23. Synopsis: Lessons Learned, Long-Term Guidelines, and How to Live a Livable Life in Old Age With Likable Technologies

Sunkyo Kwon

24. Epilogue: A 10-Year Growth Spurt in Applications to Aging in Human Factors and Ergonomics

James L. Fozard