The potential for technology to enhance independence for those aging with a disability

Emily M. Agree

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Technologies of all kinds can sustain and accelerate improvements in health and quality of life for an aging population, and enhance the independence of persons with disabilities. Assistive technologies are widely used to promote independent functioning, but the aging of users and their devices produces unique challenges to individuals, their families, and the health care system. The emergence of new "smart" technologies that integrate information technology with assistive technologies has opened a portal to the development of increasingly powerful, individualized tools to assist individuals with disabilities to meet their needs. Yet, issues of access and usability remain to be solved for their usefulness to be fully realized. New cohorts aging with disabilities will have more resources and more experience with integrated technologies than current elders. Attention to technological solutions that help them adapt to the challenges of later life is needed to improve quality of life for those living long lives with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S33-S39
JournalDisability and Health Journal
Issue number1 SUPPL
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging
  • Assistive technology
  • Internet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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