Technology and the future
Gerontology Education Capstone
This report will cover the significance of technology and the aging population. It will discuss the importance these technological changes will make in the lives of the elderly and the problems that may occur because of these same changes. It is important to study these changes and how they may affect us to prepare for how we can best handle this changing world and prevent some of these negative effects while reaping the benefits.
Technology can cause ageism or help dispel ageism. It has been thought that older folks are not as good with technology, so people may tend to hire younger people. In reality older workers are willing to learn the new technology. We have to consider things like a slower learning curve and training should consider the cognitive, sensory and physical changes of the adult. For example due to arthritis using a mouse could cause some issues. Thanks to the improved technology there are special computers made for the elderly that are easier to use. It is true that today’s older generation is less likely to use, personal computer, cell phones, and other technologies. By building and marketing for the elderly this can be dispelled. Thanks to this growing group marketing is looking at this a new revenue source and are starting to develop products with our elderly in mind. A major barrier to the age of technology is the cost. For most elders are living on a budget. Much of this technology that they can’t afford can improve their lives drastically. Cutler, S. (2005). With the work force shrinking and the elderly population growing there are going to be some major problems in the next 20 to 40 years. With social security in trouble the elderly will be more at risk for financial problems and providing for their basic needs let alone the technology that can improve their lives.
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