Technology and Caregiving: Emerging Interventions and Directions for Research

David A. Lindeman, Katherine K. Kim, Caroline Gladstone, Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano

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Abstract

An array of technology-based interventions has increasingly become available to support family caregivers, primarily focusing on health and well-being, social isolation, financial, and psychological support. More recently the emergence of new technologies such as mobile and cloud, robotics, connected sensors, virtual/augmented/mixed reality, voice, and the evermore ubiquitous tools supported by advanced data analytics, coupled with the integration of multiple technologies through platform solutions, have opened a new era of technology-enabled interventions that can empower and support family caregivers. This paper proposes a conceptual framework for identifying and addressing the challenges that may need to be overcome to effectively apply technology-enabled solutions for family caregivers. The paper identifies a number of challenges that either moderate or mediate the full use of technologies for the benefit of caregivers. The challenges include issues related to equity, inclusion, and access; ethical concerns related to privacy and security; political and regulatory factors affecting interoperability and lack of standards; inclusive/human-centric design and issues; and inherent economic and distribution channel difficulties. The paper concludes with a summary of research questions and issues that form a framework for global research priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S41-S49
JournalThe Gerontologist
Volume60
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 14 2020

Keywords

  • Family caregiving
  • Innovation
  • Social isolation
  • Technology-enabled

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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