University of Toronto Alumni and Friends are invited to attend a presentation titled:
"Technologies for Aging Gracefully: Products for Today, Research for Tomorrow"
Professor Ronald Baecker
Emeritus Bell Chair in Human-Computer Interaction
Director, TAGlabUniversity of Toronto
The world is aging rapidly. Globally, the U.N. (2012) projects the world population to grow from 7.2 billion in 2013 to 9.6B in 2050 and 10.9B in 2100. The share of the global population that is over 60 will grown from 12% in 2013 to 21% in 2050 to 28% in 2100. The share of individuals over 80 will grow from 2% in 2013 to 4% in 2050 to 8% in 2100. There will be 830 million people over the age of 80 by 2100. These demographics and the diversity among older adults (contextual, social, cognitive, sensory, motor) afford design opportunities and challenges for computer science. But why is new technology important for aging gracefully?
Professor Ronald Baecker discusses the importance of information and communication technologies for older adults. He presents specific roles for technology in terms of the Maslow Hierarchy of Human Needs: physiological, safety, social, esteem, and the need for self-actualization. Despit the growing use of technology among older adults, we have barely scratched the surface of what is possible. Professor Baecker's presentation highlights landmark achievements in available products, as well as promising research approaches. Particular attention is paid to helping families deal with seniors' social isolation and loneliness.
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