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Use and perception of gerontechnology: differences in a group of Spanish older adults

Alicia Murciano-Hueso (Department of Theory and History of Education, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Judith Martín-Lucas (Department of Theory and History of Education, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Sara Serrate González (Department of Theory and History of Education, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)
Patricia Torrijos Fincias (Department of Didactics, Organization and Research Methods, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain)

Quality in Ageing and Older Adults

ISSN: 1471-7794

Article publication date: 16 August 2022

Issue publication date: 17 October 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the profile of use of gerontechnology in Spanish older adults considering their age group (60–70; 71–80 and over 80 years) and to discern whether groups of subjects with similar characteristics can be established to ascertain which factors are behind the profile of frequent gerontechnology use.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative study is presented to understand the profile of use of gerontechnology in Spanish older adults. The sample comprised 497 participants (aged between 60 and 94 years).

Findings

The results show that, even though most participants consider technology to be useful in their daily lives, there is still a lack of knowledge on how to use it, especially among older subjects. This highlights the importance of promoting technological cocreation initiatives such as senior living labs.

Research limitations/implications

Other researchers are encouraged to include the voices of older adults using gerontechnology in further studies.

Practical implications

If we want to increase the acceptance of technology by older adults, we must first let them take part in the design of the technologies they will use.

Social implications

This research provides promising data that should merit attention to contribute to the well-being and quality of life of older adults in a society where currently technology is a key part in every sphere of our daily life.

Originality/value

The value of this research lies in the implications of “aging in place” studies today.

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Acknowledgements

Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.

PID2019-107826GB-I00.

Funded by the project called “Adaptabilidad subjetiva en entornos tecnosociales e innovación gerontecnológica basada en la vida (SENIORLAB-LBD)” with a Grant Ref. PID2019-107826GB-I00 funded by MCIN/AEI/ 10.13039/501100011033 and, as appropriate, by “ERDF A way of making Europe”, by the “European Union” or by the “European Union NextGenerationEU/PRTR”.

Citation

Murciano-Hueso, A., Martín-Lucas, J., Serrate González, S. and Torrijos Fincias, P. (2022), "Use and perception of gerontechnology: differences in a group of Spanish older adults", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 23 No. 3, pp. 114-128. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-02-2022-0010

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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