Electronic assistive technology for community-dwelling solo-living older adults: A systematic review

Yu Song*, Tischa J.M. van der Cammen

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Abstract

The proportion of older adults who live alone in single households is growing continuously. In the care of these solo-living older adults, electronic assistive technology (EAT) can play an important role. The objective of this review is to investigate the effects of EAT on the wellbeing of community-dwelling older adults living alone in single households. A systematic review of English articles was conducted based on PMC, Scopus, Web of Science and the Cochrane database. Additional studies were identified from the references. In total, 16 studies were identified, six of them with follow-up. There is evidence that EAT can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of older adults. There was little evidence that EAT can improve social wellbeing. We conclude that more personalized designs and interventions, and more user engagement could be embedded in the design of EAT for solo-living community-dwelling older adults and that more evidence is needed regarding the effects of those interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-56
Number of pages7
JournalMaturitas
Volume125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • Assistive technology
  • Evidence
  • Older adults
  • Single households
  • Wellbeing

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