Special Issue "Sustainable Technology and Elderly Life"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Human Geography and Social Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Ana Iglesias
Guest Editor
Computer Science and Engineering Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain
Interests: accessible technology; human-machine interaction; advanced databases; data integration and big data; data extraction
Prof. Dr. Jorge Morato
Guest Editor
Computer Science and Engineering Department, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain
Interests: big data; knowledge information system; web design; e-learning
Prof. Dr. Sonia Sanchez-Cuadrado
Guest Editor
Library and Information Science Department, Universidad Complutense, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: natural language processing (NLP); knowledge organization systems; information retrieval; digital literacy; e-learning
Prof. Dr. Fernández Panadero María Carmen
Guest Editor
Department of Telematic Engineering, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés, Madrid, Spain
Interests: e-learning; simulation; mixed reality; accessibility and usability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, managing the ageing population in a sustainable world is a major challenge. The world population is getting older, due to increasing life expectancy, but also a lower fertility rate. In 2000, the global average age was 25.6. In 2020, it is 30.5. Other areas have a more marked evolution; southern Europe has, in 2020, an average age of 45.9, which is predicted to become 51.3 by 2050. In Japan, the averge age in 2020 is 48.5, and this is predicted to become 53.3 by 2050. According to the WHO, the number of people aged over 60 will increase from the current 600 million in 2020 to over two billion in 2050.

Social and personal challenges arise. Social challenges are related to the maintenance of health care, pensions or social security systems, for example. Personal challenges are related to older people’s feeling of loneliness or social isolation, for instance, when they are living alone.

The use of sustainable technology has been shown to be very useful in later life (wearable devices for health, sensors to track the senior’s activity, socially assistive robots in residential homes, etc.). Moreover, as we are currently immersed in the worldwide pandemic known as COVID-19, special care is required when it comes to the elderly. However, many elderly people are reluctant to use it, due to fears related to technology, lack of resources and access, low interest, lack of familiarity or security concerns.  Fortunately, this trend is changing, and many people over 60 (also called “silvers”) are demanding more apps for leisure and free time.

In this Special Issue, to be published in Sustainability, we want to provide a forum that collects current proposals that address these challenges, and to aspire to a future where healthy ageing with sustainable technology is possible.

Sustainability is an international open access journal that provides an advanced forum for research findings in areas related to sustainability and sustainable development.

In particular, the main topics in this Special Issue should cover, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Sustainable and accessible technology for elderly life
  • Model-driven technologies for elderly people
  • Senior friendly interfaces in robotics, wearables devices and/or computers
  • eHealth, eEducation and/or eCare for elderly life
  • Sensor technologies for elderly life
  • Sustainable technology for the social needs of elderly people
  • Data science and/or artificial intelligence IA applications to process data collected by sensors aiming to improve healthy ageing in elderly life
  • Leisure apps and long-life e-learning platforms for seniors
  • Applications that support the evolution of technologies for seniors, that cover topics such as standards, interoperability and re-use

This Special Issue aims to collect contributions to cover the research gaps in sustainable technology for elderly life, providing a reference resource to the scientific community working in this area.

Research papers, concept papers, communications, comprehensive reviews and empirical applications are welcome to submit to this special cause issue.

Prof. Dr. Ana Iglesias
Prof. Dr. Jorge Morato
Prof. Dr. Sonia Sanchez-Cuadrado
Prof. Dr. María Carmen Fernández Panadero
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • sustainable technology
  • technology and elderly life
  • accessible technology

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