Emerging technologies to support independent living of older adults at risk

Care Manag J. 2013;14(1):58-64. doi: 10.1891/1521-0987.14.1.58.


The aging of the population is expected to place an unprecedented strain on health care systems over the next two decades and beyond. Emerging electronic monitoring technologies provide opportunities to learn about the aging process, age-related diseases, and contribute to new, cost effective care models that preserve independence at home for older adults at risk. The goals of this article are to familiarize the reader with emerging technologies and potential applications to older adults' at-risk, review the current literature about the clinical and economic outcomes of emerging technologies, and to outline future directions and challenges.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Electrical Equipment and Supplies / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Home Nursing / trends*
  • Humans
  • Independent Living / trends*
  • Inventions / trends*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Organizational
  • Monitoring, Ambulatory / instrumentation*
  • Risk Management / methods
  • Risk Management / organization & administration
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation*
  • United States