The demographic shift, with a substantial surplus of older people with increasing chronic public health problems and a shrinking share of gainfully employed people, calls for innovative approaches and increased efficiency in nursing and care, but the greatest potential for reducing costs lies in “non-care” and “non-nursing”, i.e. preventive measures in which technology plays important part. Technology to facilitate remaining at home and carrying out life’s daily activities is expected to be a contributor to maintaining good health and to healthy/active ageing.
Qualitative and quantitative component studies will be carried out within the project to highlight the perspectives and opinions of the oldest old (+80) on technology and technology use, and how this could affect independence and remaining at home, as well as contribute to a sense of good health and the possibility of active ageing. The choice of component studies means that these issues will be studied in groups of older people, both participants and non-participants in training and testing of applications.
The project will employ focus group and individual interviews as well as various assessment instruments for measuring technology use.