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Smart technologies to enhance social connectedness in older people who live at home

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posted on 2024-06-06, 02:09 authored by ME Morris, B Adair, E Ozanne, W Kurowski, KJ Miller, AJ Pearce, N Santamaria, M Long, C Ventura, CM Said
Aim: To examine the effectiveness of smart technologies in improving or maintaining the social connectedness of older people living at home. Methods: We conducted a systematic review and critical evaluation of research articles published between 2000 and 2013. Article screening, data extraction and quality assessment (using the Downs and Black checklist) were conducted by two independent researchers. Results: Eighteen publications were identified that evaluated the effect of smart technologies on dimensions of social connectedness. Fourteen studies reported positive outcomes in aspects such as social support, isolation and loneliness. There was emerging evidence that some technologies augmented the beneficial effects of more traditional aged-care services. Conclusion: Smart technologies, such as tailored internet programs, may help older people better manage and understand various health conditions, resulting in subsequent improvements in aspects of social connectedness. Further research is required regarding how technological innovations could be promoted, marketed and implemented to benefit older people.

History

Journal

Australasian journal on ageing

Volume

33

Pagination

142-152

Location

Richmond, Vic

ISSN

1440-6381

eISSN

1741-6612

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2014, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing

Issue

3

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia