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Future Internet 2012, 4(2), 607-617; doi:10.3390/fi4020607

Smart Homes for Older People: Positive Aging in a Digital World

Department of Rural Health, University of Tasmania, Locked Bag 1372, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250 Australia
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Received: 18 April 2012 / Revised: 15 June 2012 / Accepted: 18 June 2012 / Published: 19 June 2012
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Smart homes are homes with technologically advanced systems to enable domestic task automation, easier communication, and higher security. As an enabler of health and well-being enhancement, smart homes have been geared to accommodate people with special needs, especially older people. This paper examines the concept of “smart home” in a technologically driven society and its multi-functional contribution to the enhancement of older people’s lives. Discussion then focuses on the challenges in the use of smart homes among older people such as accessibility and ethical issues. Finally, some implications and recommendations are provided. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart home; older people; positive aging; health and wellbeing; accessibility; ethics; acceptance of technology smart home; older people; positive aging; health and wellbeing; accessibility; ethics; acceptance of technology
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Lê, Q.; Nguyen, H.B.; Barnett, T. Smart Homes for Older People: Positive Aging in a Digital World. Future Internet 2012, 4, 607-617.

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