ERIC Number: ED304113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes and Technologies--Striving To Match New Electronic Information Products and Services to the Needs and Interests of Elderly People. Report of an Aspen Institute Conference: New Electronic Technologies To Meet the Needs of Elderly People: More Issues and Cases (Queenstown, Maryland, March 23-25, 1988). Communications and Society Forum Report #7.
Participants in the Aspen Institute Conference considered how communications technologies may be applied to serve the needs and interests of this country's expanding community of retired and older citizens. Conference findings fell into two categories, reflecting questions originating in the human aspirations found in a public opinion survey released at the conference, and those derived from hands-on demonstrations and suggested modifications of various electronic devices. Discussion of the survey findings revealed a difference in outlook between older and younger adults: for the younger members of the survey, the so-called "command generation" in its late 40s and early 50s, time is enhanced by access to time-saving technologies; however, for older retirees among the well elderly, time is enhanced when communications and information technologies supply ways and means of combating a surfeit of time. As the discussion shifted between the substance of the survey and the specifics of various communications technologies, however, there were moments when recurring difficulties in defining "elderly" evaporated. There was no difficulty in visualizing distinctive products for the elderly when participants considered the contents of various technologies, and the more familiar the communications medium, the more the participants seemed able to contribute. Technologies discussed included electronic information kiosks, smart cards, high-tech publishing, videotext and voice services, V-TV, and audiocassette magazines. A list of participants is included. (EW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.