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Technology Support for Caregivers of Older Adults: Exploring Gerontechnology and Health Policy/Research Implications

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This teaching strategy introduces students to a new interprofessional field of study called gerontechnology, an interprofessional academic and practice-based field combining gerontology and technology. Sustainability of an aging society depends on effectively creating technological environments that encompass the use of assistive technologies and inclusive designs for innovative and independent living. Such environments promote social participation of older adults in physical activity and the cognitive stimulation needed for healthy aging. In short, gerontechnology concerns the matching of technological environments to health, housing, mobility, communication, and the leisure and work of older people.

The teaching strategy will assist students to experience the core values of the National League for Nursing, which are caring, integrity, diversity, and excellence. Definitions of the core values are found at http://www.nln.org/about/core-values. The learning activities in this teaching strategy can be used for undergraduate and graduate students, separately or together. The teaching strategy can also be used as interprofessional activities to engage students from nursing, medicine, social work, physical therapy, and pharmacy as they brainstorm ideas about public health policy and research related to gerontechnology and learn about, from, and with each other. The learning activities can be used in class or online.

Technology Support for Caregivers of Older Adults: Exploring Gerontechnology and Health Policy/Research Implications