Technology Use Among Our Aging Population

Through a collaborative partnership and joint research, Philips and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business have found that our aging population places a high value on technology as they age. However, the overwhelming majority believe today's technology needs to be better developed to help them successfully age at home, or age in place, for as long as possible.

 

In fact, while most want to age in their own home, they believe they will have significant barriers to achieving this through the aid of technology, such as access and adoption, cost, privacy, complexity of use, product integration, and public policy. These barriers, which need to be addressed for future generations, already have a deep impact on how seniors currently use technology today.

Study: Is tech the key to aging well

Study Reveals Most Gen Xers and Boomers Want to Age at Home but 95% Fear Today’s Technology Is Not Up to The Task

Survey Highlights (Infographic)

Philips and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business asked baby boomers and Gen Xers about technologies ability to improve their well-being and quality of life as they age.

Roundtable Session

The results of the Philips/GSEI study and the individual barriers to technology were discussed in an expert roundtable at Georgetown University in October 2013. Meeting participants included thought leaders with expertise in aging, health care, technology, and policy.