ERIC Number: ED315678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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1989 Review Conference on New Electronic Technologies for the Elderly: Issues and Projects. Report of an Aspen Institute Conference (5th, Queenstown, Maryland, March 8-10, 1989). Communications and Society Forum Report #11.
This document presents summaries of conference presentations which attempted to assess how computer and communications technologies can be harnessed to meet the special needs of elderly people. Each of the eight sessions of the conference opened with experts discussing their respective research projects and electronic technologies: their origins, current status, research implications, lessons learned, and likely future applications. These presentations are summarized: (1) "'Downstreaming' New Technologies to Older Americans" (James Gollub); (2) "Prodigy, a New Electronic-text Information Service" (Suzanne Biegel); (3) "Audiotex Services and the Elderly" (Bruce Kushnick); (4) "Computers as a Tool Facilitating Transition to Retirement" (Tora Bikson); (5) "Electronic Mail and the Elderly" (Sara Czaja); (6) "Videotape "Visits" with Institutionalized Individuals" (Karen Warburton); and (7) "Employment Prospects for the Elderly" (H. R. Moody). The final session was devoted to exploring participants' special hopes for how new electronic technologies would evolve to serve the elderly. The report concludes that although the conference did not come up with clear conclusions about the future, it did illuminate some of the issues that must be dealt with if new electronic technologies are to be successfully designed, marketed, and effectively used by elderly Americans. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Collected Works - Proceedings
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Sponsor: John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, New York, NY.
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