DOI: 10.1093/workar/waad030 ISSN: 2054-4650

Empowering the care of older adults through the use of technology

Heng Xu, Bo Xie, Chu-Hsiang Chang
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Industrial relations


In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises have significantly affected the lives of older adults, impacting their healthcare, social connections, and daily routines. While the increasing digitization and automation of services offer benefits such as remote healthcare access and reduced isolation, these technologies also pose challenges in terms of unfamiliarity, learning curves, and privacy and security concerns. Addressing these issues requires a collaborative approach across various fields, including health informatics, gerontology, social psychology, human–computer interaction, and cybersecurity and privacy. Understanding the cognitive, emotional, and sociocultural factors influencing older adults’ use of technologies is crucial for creating inclusive and accessible digital tools. This multidisciplinary effort, as highlighted in the special issue of Work, Aging and Retirement, aims to enhance our understanding of aging and technology in today’s world, empowering older adults to remain connected and maintain their well-being.

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