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Special Collection on Aging and Technology
CFP for Special Collection on Aging and Technology

CFP for  Special Collection on Aging and Technology

The Gerontology Geriatrics Medicine journal (GGM)is seeking full paper submissions for a special collection in Aging and Technology.

The GGM is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed open access journal where scholars from a variety of disciplines present their work focusing on the psychological, behavioral, social, and biological aspects of aging, and public health services and research related to aging. The journal addresses a wide variety of topics related to health services research in gerontology and geriatrics. The GGM is published in Association with the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) and submission guidelines can be found here.


 For the aging population, technology is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the rapid pace of development and change can make it difficult for older adults to learn new technologies, while the world's increasing use of and dependence on smart devices and digital technologies leaves those who struggle to adapt at a distinct, isolated disadvantage. On the other hand, technologies geared specifically towards an increasing, aging population contribute to increased comfort and dignity, the ability to live at home for longer, ease with managing health issues, and even longer life. This collection examines both aspects of the topic, welcoming manuscripts that address technologies designed for older adults (gerotechnology) as well as older adults' relationship and struggles with advancing technologies. Both clinical and behavioral approaches will be considered.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• Gerotechnology

• Security and safety, including medical alert systems

• Smart home systems such as security or thermostat

• Home health and wellness, such as systems that remind patients to take their medication

• Telehealth and telemedicine

• Technologies that assist aging adults with managing their healthcare

• Medical technologies geared specifically to conditions or diseases primarily experienced by older people

• How technology affects social engagement (i.e. keeping up with remote relatives using text or email)

• Benefits to family members and care givers (i.e. the ability to monitor security, thermostat, etc even when not present)

• Educating aging adults on new technologies

• Cognitive or physical conditions that may limit the ability to use technology

• Technologies geared towards managing and/or decelerating age-related diseases or declining abilities

• Rural Ageing, Physical Environment

• Transport (automation within vehicles, transport information provision, apps to support ride sharing, mobility as a service etc.)

• Sex, Intimacy and dating apps

• Age cohorts - Gen X, Millennial's, Gen Z

• Intergenerational relationships

• Video Games, Gamification

• Environmental technologies (pollution apps, smart meters etc.)

The submitted manuscripts for this Special Collection will be peer-reviewed before publication.

Guest Editors: Dr Hannah R. Marston (The Open University) and Dr Charles Musselwhite (Swansea University)

Deadline: Ongoing

APC: Yes - see website for more details

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