Modern societies are facing two major trends: widespread population ageing and rapid development of new technologies. Since old age is usually also a time of reduced and diminished abilities and health, it is very important to recognize the potential of technological advances to enhance health, abilities and relationships. However, the abilities, needs, aspirations and contextual environments of older people vary greatly. This chapter gives an overview of the characteristics and circumstances of the older adults that are perceived to have potential influence on the acceptability of assistive and rehabilitation technology systems and devices. We explore the concept of ‘Media Ecology’ and its impact on the adoption success of assistive and rehabilitation technology systems and devices by elderly population.
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