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Psychology and Aging: Enhancing the Lives of an Aging Population

Arthur D. Fisk and Wendy A. Rogers
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Vol. 11, No. 3 (Jun., 2002), pp. 107-110
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20182781
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Abstract

A pressing need for upcoming decades is ensuring that older adults, who constitute an increasing percentage of the population, are able to function independently and maintain an acceptable quality of life. One important concern is the usability of new technologies. Unfortunately, the science that could direct proper design and implementation of current and future technological advancement is underdeveloped and less mature than the engineering that supports technological advancement. We review data documenting age-related usability issues and how psychological science can remedy such problems. We also outline how training principles can be applied to older adults. We conclude that psychological science has much to contribute to the goal of enhancing the lives of older adults.

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