ERIC Number: ED315677
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Adapting New Electronic Technologies To Serve the Frail Elderly Living at Home. Report of an Aspen Institute Conference (4th, Queenstown, Maryland, March 8-10, 1989). Communications and Society Forum Report #10.
The emphasis of this report is on the words "frail" and "home." Previous conferences in this inquiry concentrated on the needs and interests of the aging well population. This meeting focused on those whose full enjoyment of life is hampered by impairments to mobility, vision, hearing, memory, etc. The main interest was in the cognitive and psychological requirements that arise out of such impairments or the threat of them. The charge was to identify and assess new technology applications that might in time be of special value to sizable segments of the elderly population. Factors which would be required to promote further development and acceptance were considered. Five themes emerged: (1) how to define "frail" and the implications of various definitions for focus; (2) the distinction between medical care for disease and injury and medical care for routine slow degeneration of aging; (3) adapting technology for use by the frail elderly themselves as distinct from adapting technology for use by caregivers; (4) American cultural attitudes toward the frail elderly as compared with those of other cultures; and (5) reliance on personal experience in relating to the subject. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, Truro, MA.