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Objectives for the book

We see the readership for this book falling into three broad categories:

1. Owners, CEOs, administrators, and activity directors of CCRCs and outreach organizations that work with older adults.

For this group of readers, this book offers key insights into challenges that may need to be addressed when deciding whether to offer training in their communities or to older adults in other communal settings. It also provides the latest statistics on the percentages of older adults who use specific types of technologies as well as findings from research that examines the impacts of technology usage on older adults.

2. People working in organizations that specialize in designing technologies for universal access; people who design or target new technologies or instructional materials and programs for older adults; and people working through a variety of organizations (e.g., Connected Living, OasisNet, SeniorNet, Generations On Line, and so on) to help get older adults online.

These readers will become aware of challenges related to conducting and disseminating technology training programs within CCRCs. They will also become more knowledgeable about physical and cognitive challenges facing older adults who move into these communities.

3. Educators and researchers, including human-computer interaction researchers and designers, gerontologists, sociologists, psychologists, media and communication researchers and systems developers, and human factors and ergonomics researchers and designers.

Readers in this group will learn about the largest study to date in the United States that addresses training older adults in CCRCs to use computers and the Internet. They will also gain information on the latest research findings from studies of this type, as well as best practices for designing technology interventions and training programs for residents of CCRCs.

This book offers all readers an in-depth view of what ICT training can offer older adults. It provides readers the knowledge, lessons learned, and helpful guidelines for implementing ICT research and use programs in CCRCs. Chapter 2 evaluates the history of CCRCs, and the possibilities that ICT training can bring to CCRC residents. Chapter 3 focuses on early considerations for conducting ICT research in CCRCs, including best practices for recruitment and retention. Chapter 4 includes complexities and best practices of implementing ICT training as well as the road blocks that might be experienced during training sessions. Chapter 5 describes the expected outcomes of ICT training for older adults with an analysis of past research. Chapter 6 identifies best practices for motivating older adults in CCRCs to best utilize the technology. Chapter 7 poses possible considerations for conducting training in CCRCs. Chapter 8 evaluates where technology is and some possible considerations it should take to assist older adult users. Chapter 9 provides future directions and evaluates the possibility of emerging technologies. Chapter 10 concludes the book, wrapping up the lessons learned and providing an argument for the relevance of emerging technologies. As the older adult population continues to age, addressing issues of well-being and connectedness is vital in maintaining a healthy and independent population.

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