On March 5, 2019, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report designed to identify innovations with the potential to improve the lives of older adults and persons living with disabilities. The report, Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population, was drafted by experts convened by the National Science and Technology Council from across the Federal government—including NIA. The expert panel was co-chaired by NIA’s Dr. Nina Silverberg and Dr. Michele Grimm of the National Science Foundation.
The report outlines six key areas in which technology can support continued independence for aging Americans and identifies research and development needs to make these innovations a reality. These are:
In addition to the six areas above, the report identifies cross-cutting themes that are critical to ensuring new technologies are widely adopted by the older adult population, including intuitive design, user-friendly interfaces, and strong privacy and security infrastructure.
The report is designed to serve as a guide to the public and private research and development sectors to ensure that older Americans benefit from technological advances we’re making today and will continue to make in the future.
Published on 5th March 2019 by The National Institute on Aging.