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    Shaping technologies for older adults with and without dementia: Reflections on ethics and preferences


    Díaz-Orueta, Unai and Hopper, Louise and Konstantinidis, Evdokimos I. (2020) Shaping technologies for older adults with and without dementia: Reflections on ethics and preferences. Health Informatics Journal, 26 (4). pp. 3215-3230. ISSN 1460-4582

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    Abstract

    As a result of several years of European funding, progressive introduction of assistive technologies in our society has provided many researchers and companies with opportunities to develop new information and communication technologies aimed at overcoming the digital divide of those at a greater risk of being left behind, as can be the case with healthy older people and those developing cognitive decline and dementia. Moreover, in recent years, when considering how information and communication technologies have been integrated into older people’s lives, and how technology has influenced these individuals, doubts remain regarding whether technologies really fulfil older users’ needs and wishes and whether technologies developed specifically for older users necessarily protect and consider main ethical values. In this article, we address the relevance of privacy, vulnerability and preservation of autonomy as key factors when involving older individuals as target users for information and communication technology research and development. We provide explanatory examples on ethical issues involved in the particular case of developing different types of information and communication technology for older people (from robotics to serious games), what previously performed research tells us about older adults’ preferences and wishes for information and communication technology and what steps should be taken into consideration in the near future.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Creative Commons Non Commercial CC BY-NC: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/ Cite as: Diaz-Orueta U, Hopper L, Konstantinidis E. Shaping technologies for older adults with and without dementia: Reflections on ethics and preferences. Health Informatics Journal. December 2020:3215-3230. doi:10.1177/1460458219899590
    Keywords: assistive technologies; dementia; ethical issues; human factors; older adults; vulnerability;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15061
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1460458219899590
    Depositing User: Unai Diaz-Orueta
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2021 15:22
    Journal or Publication Title: Health Informatics Journal
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    Refereed: Yes
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