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Technologies 2017, 5(3), 60; doi:10.3390/technologies5030060

Elderly in the Digital Era. Theoretical Perspectives on Assistive Technologies

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Department of Communication, Public Relations and Advertising, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca 400132, Romania
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Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Automation and Computer Science, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca 400027, Romania
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Received: 10 August 2017 / Revised: 6 September 2017 / Accepted: 11 September 2017 / Published: 15 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Assistive Technologies)
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The present paper presents a theoretical perspective on assistive technology for elderly people. In a context characterized by an aging population and an increased life expectancy, it is highly likely that we will become the spectators of a powerful pressure on the medical assistance process. An increasing life expectancy means an increasing need of assistance for longer periods of time, which might become an unfeasible and unrealistic policy due to limited medical resources. In this context, assistive technology might become the only solution. Starting from an international context, this paper aims to theoretically present the way technology can be used as a tool for the elderly’s needs. View Full-Text
Keywords: elderly; assistive technology; life expectancy; aging population; healthcare system elderly; assistive technology; life expectancy; aging population; healthcare system
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Iancu, I.; Iancu, B. Elderly in the Digital Era. Theoretical Perspectives on Assistive Technologies. Technologies 2017, 5, 60.

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