Western societies have dramatically changed the way we see ageing. Getting older once meant prestige: a special status and social influence within a community. This has declined in modern times, as societies became increasingly obsessed with youth. As advanced societies face an increasingly older age structure, we have started to look for social policy solutions to improve “positive ageing.”
Researchers Jason Powell and Simon Biggs have shown how technologies are facilitating this transition. Technologies can be used to improve the empowerment of older people. Technologies can help older people to take control of their health and mental wellbeing, as well as providing another outlet for social connection.
Technologies help older people monitor illness and holistic health, as well as “shape what it is to age successfully.” Social media in particular presents exciting opportunities for community outreach and support of older people.
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