A new research challenge: persuasive technology to motivate healthy aging

IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2004 Sep;8(3):235-7. doi: 10.1109/titb.2004.835531.


Healthcare systems in developed countries are experiencing severe financial stress as age demographics shift upward, leading to a larger percentage of older adults needing care. One way to potentially reduce or slow spiraling medical costs is to use technology, not only to cure sickness, but also to promote wellness throughout all stages of life, thereby avoiding or deferring expensive medical treatments. Ubiquitous computing and context-aware algorithms offer a new healthcare opportunity and a new set of research challenges: exploiting emerging consumer electronic devices to motivate healthy behavior as people age by presenting "just-in-time" information at points of decision and behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging*
  • Biotechnology / methods*
  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • Geriatrics / methods
  • Health Services for the Aged*
  • Humans
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized*
  • Online Systems
  • Patient Care Management / methods
  • Persuasive Communication
  • Reminder Systems
  • Research Design*
  • Self-Help Devices
  • Social Support
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted / methods
  • User-Computer Interface*