Technology is evolving rapidly, with new services, devices, and applications constantly being introduced, and it can become overwhelming to try to keep up with it all. Having said that, it is important for CCRC staff and administrators to remain vigilant and educated regarding new technologies; doing so not only prevents services provided at the CCRC from going out of date but also ensures that residents have knowledge and access to devices and applications that can improve their quality of life and help maintain or even improve their health. The discussions in this chapter focused specifically on trends and technologies that may be of importance to residents; for an overview of technologies that may be applicable for trainers and researchers to investigate and possibly use in a CCRC setting, see the Recommended Readings section.

Recommended readings

Tablet usage among older adults

Tsai, H. S., Shillair, R., and Cotten, S. R. In press. Social support and "playing around": An examination of how older adults acquire digital literacy with tablet computers. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 10.1177/0733464815609440.

Tsai, H. S., Shillair, R., Cotten, S. R., Winstead, V., and Yost, E. 2015. Getting grandma online: Are tablets the answer for increasing digital inclusion for older adults in the U.S.? Educational Gerontology, 41, 695-709.

Technologies applicable for researchers and trainers to use in a CCRC setting

Berkowsky, R. W. and Czaja, S. J. 2015. The use of technology in behavioral intervention research: Advantages and challenges. In L. N. Gitlin and S. J. Czaja (Eds), Behavioral intervention research: designing, evaluating, and implementing (pp. 119-136). New York: Springer.

Charness, N., Demiris, G., and Krupinski, E. 2011. Designing telehealth for an aging population: a human factors perspective. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.

Czaja, S. J., Loewenstein, D., Schulz, R., Nair, S. N., and Perdomo, D. 2013. A videophone psychosocial intervention for dementia caregivers. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 21(11), 1071-1081. doi: 10.1016/j.jagp.2013.02.019.

Magg, S. 2012. CCRCs without walls: Care models of the future. Retrieved from LTC12/papers/EE_maag.pdf

Mitzner, T. L., Chen, T. L., Kemp, C. C., and Rogers, W. A. 2014. Identifying the potential for robotics to assist older adults in different living environments. International Journal of Social Robotics, 6(2), 213-227.

World Health Organization. 2010. Telemedicine: Opportunities and developments in member states. Retrieved from telemedicine_2010.pdf

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