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The future of technology for active aging

Technology is developed to solve a problem, enhance productivity, deliver a service or entertain. There are a multitude of options, advanced by the widespread availability of computers, the Internet and cellular networks. Medical technology is used to provide more efficient care; assistive technology helps people function independently in everyday life; productivity technology, like software for accounting and word processing, is a given in many businesses; and healthy living technologies, such as pedometers or the apps that track dietary goals, are widely used. It is clear that there are many technologies to choose from, but it is less certain how technology will impact quality of life for older adults, and how it will benefit the services of organizations that provide wellness opportunities, health care and housing. Does technology solve problems or enhance productivity? Will it make life better—or more confusing?

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