Technology and the Challenge of Aging [chapter]

Andrew Sixsmith
2013 Technologies for Active Aging  
The aging of populations is a global phenomenon. At the present time, approximately 10 % of the world's population are aged 60 years and over, but the proportion is projected to increase to about 20 % by 2050. While the population worldwide is growing at around 1 % per annum, the number of people aged over 80 is growing at 4 % per annum. Moreover, the phenomenon of population aging is not limited to the developed countries. Currently 64 % of older people live in less developed regions, but this
more » ... d regions, but this fi gure will rise to 80 % by 2050 (HelpAge International, 2012 ). The aging of the population presents many challenges, not least how services can be improved in order to enhance the health and quality of life of older people in an era of strained fi nancial resources. In this context, information and communication technologies (ICTs) are viewed as having a huge potential. ICTs for older people have emerged as a major component of research and development (R&D)
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