Gerontechnology for better elderly care and life quality : a systematic literature review

Genghua HUANG, Samuel Ampadu OTENG*

*Corresponding author for this work

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9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Gerontechnology as multidisciplinary research has expanded in recent years due to its significant role in ensuring better care and improved quality of life for older adults and their caregivers. With a substantial increase in studies on reasons behind less inclination of older individuals to accept gerontechnology, barriers to its non-acceptance appear to be persistent. In addition, there is a dearth of research on the adoption of gerontechnology from the perspectives of social caregivers, given that caregivers bear a substantial burden in the form of chronic stress, which adversely affects their health and that of older people. Therefore, the aim of this study is to present a holistic perspective of older adults and their caregivers by systematically reviewing literature on gerontechnology acceptance. Adopting the preferred reported items for systematic and meta-analysis (PRISMA) framework, publications specifically on gerontechnology from 2002 to 2022 in Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed, that focused on older people (50 years and above) and caregivers (informal and formal) were reviewed. We critically evaluated 25 publications and synthesised them thematically. The results highlight that gerontechnology acceptance by older adults and their social caregivers is highly contingent on certain personal, physical, socio-cultural and technological indicators. However, this paper concludes that a generalised policy approach for gerontechnology and a better quality of life may be ineffective, considering that older adults and social caregivers constitute two heterogeneous groups.
Original languageEnglish
Article number27
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Ageing
Volume20
Issue number1
Early online date22 Jun 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Research Seed Fund of Lingnan University Research Committee (Grant No. 102390) and Lingnan University Direct Grant (Project Number: DR22C1). The funding body had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023, The Author(s).

Keywords

  • Gerontechnology
  • Older persons
  • Social caregivers
  • Health-related well-being
  • Life quality

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