Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – American Journal of Psychiatry

ABSTRACT Objective: Previous meta-analyses indicate that computerized cognitive training (CCT) is a safe and efficacious intervention for cognition in older adults. However, efficacy varies across populations and cognitive domains, and little is known about the efficacy of CCT in people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Method: The authors searched Medline, Embase, PsychINFO, CINAHL, and CENTRAL through … [Read More] Computerized Cognitive Training in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis – American Journal of Psychiatry

Telecommunications affordability report shows those on low incomes missing out – ACCAN & SACOSS

Media Release A major report into telecommunications affordability today launched jointly by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) highlights concerns about low-income consumers in staying connected to telecommunications services. The report, Connectivity Costs: Telecommunications Affordability for Low-Income Australians, which was based on a survey of … [Read More] Telecommunications affordability report shows those on low incomes missing out – ACCAN & SACOSS

Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? – J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

ABSTRACT Objectives: To examine how information and communication technology (ICT) access and use are conceptually incorporated in the Successful Aging 2.0 framework. Method: Using data from the 2011 National Health and Aging Trends Study (N = 6,476), we examined how ICT access and use for different purposes are associated with social engagement (i.e., informal and … [Read More] Technology Access and Use, and Their Associations With Social Engagement Among Older Adults: Do Women and Men Differ? – J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci

Information and Communication Technology Use Is Related to Higher Well-Being Among the Oldest-Old – Journals Of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Objectives: Older adults often prioritize socially meaningful goals over informational goals. Thus, we predicted that using information and communication technology (ICT) in service of socially meaningful versus informational goals relates to higher well-being among the oldest-old. Method: We surveyed 445 adults aged 80+ (mean = 84, range = 80–93; 64% female; 26% non-White) online … [Read More] Information and Communication Technology Use Is Related to Higher Well-Being Among the Oldest-Old – Journals Of Gerontology

Designing Smart Home Environments for Unobtrusive Monitoring for Independent Living: The Use Case of USEFIL – IJESMA

ABSTRACT The “Unobtrusive Smart Environments for Independent Living” EU funded project is proposing an integrated system (USEFIL system) which intends to cope with ageing problem providing advanced, affordable and unobtrusive monitoring and web communication solutions for seniors living independently. The USEFIL system enhances social care and medical service provision by exploiting “frugal” ICT solutions such … [Read More] Designing Smart Home Environments for Unobtrusive Monitoring for Independent Living: The Use Case of USEFIL – IJESMA

Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities of Smart Mobile Devices among the Oldest Old – IJMHCI

ABSTRACT While smart mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablet computers, and e-readers, are becoming more common among older populations, little is known about the user experience of this technology for older adults in naturalistic settings or how this demographic sustains use of these devices over time. To understand this, the research team conducted 18 months … [Read More] Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities of Smart Mobile Devices among the Oldest Old – IJMHCI

New issue: New Friends: Social Robots in Therapy and Education – International Journal of Social Robotics

Extract This special issue reflects this multidisciplinary field of social robots in therapy and education with a broad collection of contributions, concerning technical, therapeutic, educational and ethical issues. The application of social robots in therapy and education is an emerging field. This development is fueled by the fact that these ‘new friends’ become more sophisticated, … [Read More] New issue: New Friends: Social Robots in Therapy and Education – International Journal of Social Robotics

Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016 – Swinburne University of Technology,for Telstra

The Australian Digital Inclusion Index measures the extent of digital inclusion in Australia. Access and affordability can present barriers to digital inclusion, however an individual’s digital engagement is also largely affected by Digital Ability (attitudes, skills and activities), whether a person can see potential benefits of engagement, and motivation and attitude, including concerns about safety … [Read More] Measuring Australia’s Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016 – Swinburne University of Technology,for Telstra

Envisioning the Future for Older Adults: Autonomy, health, well-being, and social connectedness with technology support – Futures

Highlights We envision the future of older adults (over age 65) in the year 2050. We consider home, health, work, leisure, and social participation. We highlight the role of technology for independence, autonomy, and quality of life. We develop scenarios to illustrate diversity of circumstances, health, living. ABSTRACT Envisioning the future of older adults of … [Read More] Envisioning the Future for Older Adults: Autonomy, health, well-being, and social connectedness with technology support – Futures

Using IT to work better with the NDIS – Infoxchange

Extract from Infxchange Case Study The challenge As a participant in the Barwon region trial for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Leisure Networks were expanding rapidly and needed to find new ways to work more efficiently. Many of their records were paper-based and their IT infrastructure was out-of-date, meaning that keeping up with the demands … [Read More] Using IT to work better with the NDIS – Infoxchange

What exactly makes someone a ‘digital native’? A comprehensive guide – Mashable Australia

Extract from an article by Gabriela Barkho Nearly everyone assumes the modern teen is internet obsessed. Sure, 92% of teenagers report going online daily — including 24% who say they go online “almost constantly” — according to Pew Research data. But young millennials’ addiction to all things web doesn’t necessarily mean they’re a digital native. … [Read More] What exactly makes someone a ‘digital native’? A comprehensive guide – Mashable Australia

Older People, Assistive Technologies, and the Barriers to Adoption: A systematic review – International Journal of Medical Informatics

ABSTRACT Background: Older people generally prefer to continue living in their own homes rather than move into residential age care institutions. Assistive technologies and sensors in the home environment and/or bodily worn systems that monitor people’s movement might contribute to an increased sense of safety and security at home. However, their use can raise ethical anxieties … [Read More] Older People, Assistive Technologies, and the Barriers to Adoption: A systematic review – International Journal of Medical Informatics

The Other Side of the Coin: How technological progress can help and hinder economic growth in individualised societies – VOX CEPR’s Policy Portal

How the trend towards individualism in societies affects economic welfare is debatable, but it is generally agreed that the role of technological progress in spurring individualism is substantial. Exploring the impact of technological progress in a model of individual utility, this column finds that the direct positive effects of technological progress, in the form of … [Read More] The Other Side of the Coin: How technological progress can help and hinder economic growth in individualised societies – VOX CEPR’s Policy Portal

The Race Between Machines and Humans: Implications for growth, factor shares and jobs – VOX CEPR’s Policy Portal

Many economists throughout history have been proven wrong in predicting that technological progress will cause irreversible damage to the labour market. This column shows that so far, the labour market has always adapted to the replacement of jobs with capital, using evidence of new types of skilled jobs between 1970 and 2007. As long as … [Read More] The Race Between Machines and Humans: Implications for growth, factor shares and jobs – VOX CEPR’s Policy Portal

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