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15 April 2021
Smart technology-supported independent living for older adults
The rapid aging of the world population brings demographic transitions that never happen in human history. The social challenges brought by aging would be predominant by 2050, when one out of six persons will be older adults aged above 65 according to the United Nations. In the face of the peak population of older adults in the coming decades, smart technology has emerged and penetrated into daily life even if many older adults do not realize it. Empowered by big data and artificial intelligence (AI), smart technology becomes powerful and may provide endless opportunities to support older adults’ health, safety, independence, and autonomy in later years.
As smart technology evolves, there is a growing and recognized need to deeply understand older adults. No matter how smart the technology is, older adults’ needs should be the driving force behind the AI interaction design. Their critical requirements for daily activities might be opportunities for AI, but their diversity of psychological and physical abilities and their concerns over the life courses might be challenges for AI. Therefore, this special issue sets out to help practitioners understand older adults’ needs of smart technology for independent living, examine implications of age-related changes on interaction design, learn from practices of implementing smart technology, and identify directions toward the humanized interaction for older adults.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
- Smart technology for aging-in-place
- Smart technology for fitness and well-being
- Robo-advisor for older adults
- Navigation aids for older adults
- AI tools against misinformation for older adults
- Older adults’ requirements for smart technology
- Personal and financial security for older adults
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Manuscript submission: April 15, 2021
Completion of first round of reviews: July 15, 2021
Revised manuscript submission: September 30, 2021
Notification of final decision: December 31, 2021
Final manuscript submission: February 15, 2022