Which is older science or technology

14.08.2020 13:35

Technologies in the everyday life of older people

Sarah Pale Communication and event management
Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein from Frankfurt UAS, together with university colleagues, provides expertise for the eighth age report "Older people and digitization" by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs

In a federal press conference, the Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, Dr. Franziska Giffey, recently presented the eighth age report "Older people and digitization" to the public. Digitization offers older people many opportunities to lead an independent and responsible life for as long as possible. That is one of the key findings of the report. The commission obtained expert opinions on various topics, the findings of which were incorporated into the age report. Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS), together with Prof. Dr. Frank Oswald from the Goethe University in Frankfurt contributed to this with an expertise on the “Possibilities and challenges of implementing technologies in the everyday life of older people”. Topics of the expertise included robotics, assistive technologies, digital health applications and technology-based services for an independent life.

Klein and Oswald are not interested in the technologies with which they dealt with concrete products, but rather with an insight into the strategies and methods for the implementation of digital assistance systems in various everyday life environments of older people. Living environments relevant to everyday life include private living from one's own home to the neighborhood, including nursing and health care as well as the context of services in elderly care. The current spread of technological solutions for a self-determined life in old age shows on the one hand the implementation potential, but also indicates further need for action.

Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein is the spokesperson for the FUTURE AGING research center at Frankfurt UAS. Around 20 professors from all four faculties of the Frankfurt UAS have the opportunity at this research center to contribute experience and expertise from these in order to work on user-friendly and socio-technical research and development topics for living and working in an aging society. The Frankfurt Forum for Interdisciplinary Aging Research of the Goethe University, whose board spokesman Prof. Dr. Frank Oswald is an associate member of the center.

The expertise can be downloaded from the following link https: //www.achter-altersbericht.de/fileadmin/altersbericht/pdf/Expertisen/Exper ...; a short version of the age report is available here: https://www.achter-altersbericht.de/.

Scientific contact:

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Faculty 4: Social Work and Health, Prof. Dr. Barbara Klein, phone: +49 69 1533-2877, email: [email protected]

Additional Information:

<www.frankfurt-university.de/FUTUREAGING und www.frankfurt-university.de/barrierefreieswohnen>

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