Description : Older adults are continuously confronted with challenges and conflicts concerning transportation, such as whether to use public transportation, how to understand the new technology, and simply how to continue to drive safely. This volume examines many of the issues faced by policymakers, transportation officials, vehicle manufacturers, health and human services professionals, and aging adults themselves, as the largest generation prepares to drive into late adulthood. Comprehensive and well-organized, this book introduces the problem of aging America and transportation, describes the transportation infrastructure, explains the conflicts of the new, older driver, and discusses the innovations that will significantly impact the future of mobility for all older adults. Not only does the book pose key questions and concerns that older adults will face in the coming decades, but it proposes practical solutions and strategies for keeping these seniors active and mobile.
Description : Independent living with smart technologies Smart Technology for Aging, Disability, and Independence: The Stateof the Science brings together current research and technologicaldevelopments from engineering, computer science, and therehabilitation sciences, detailing how its applications can promotecontinuing independence for older persons and those withdisabilities. Leading experts from multiple disciplines worldwide havecontributed to this volume, making it the definitive resource. Thetext begins with a thorough introduction that presents importantconcepts, defines key terms, and identifies demographic trends atwork. Using detailed product descriptions, photographs andillustrations, and case studies, subsequent chapters discusscutting-edge technologies, including: * Wearable systems * Human-computer interactions * Assisted vision and hearing * Smart wheelchairs * Handheld devices and smart phones * Visual sensors * Home automation * Assistive robotics * In-room monitoring systems * Telehealth After considering specific high-technology solutions, the textexamines recent trends in other critical areas, such as basicassistive technologies, driving, transportation and communitymobility, home modifications and design, and changing standards ofelder care. Students and professionals in the rehabilitation sciences, healthcare providers, researchers in computer science and engineering,and non-expert readers will all appreciate this text's thoroughcoverage and clear presentation of the state of the science.
Description : Annotation om health and mental health to employment, legal assistance, and housing-that the new plans will transform. work, and public health, this fully updated edition of a highly successful text offers up-to-date information on the changing health plans available to the elderly today. With the modifications in Medicare plans and the addition of new prescription drug policies, choosing which plans are right for your patients, helping decipher the language and implications that the changes have on the older population, and understanding what these amendments to the old Medicare plan will mean for future Medicare userscan be daunting. To help figure it out is Donald Gelfand's newest addition to the gerontological literature. The 6th edition of The Aging Network not only highlights the primary components of specific programs and services to emphasize the most recent and important changes, but exploresthe varying demographics of the elderly population and how these factors will affect what plans people will choose. It provides an overview of the.
Description : This comprehensive volume examines the gradual reduction of mobility in the elderly. The authors first review the physiological and psychological changes that occur as we age, and go on to illustrate how this gradual decrease in adequate mobility can lead to an increase in automotive accidents. They also review the limitations that mass transportation systems and driving individual vehicles present for the elderly, and discuss different assistive devices that have been and should be implemented to help improve mobility. Each chapter ends with insightful commentaries by specialists in the gerontology field. This book is a must read for gerontologists as well as policy makers and educators on courses in organizational structures of social policy.
Description : Introduction to Senior Transportation focuses on an issue that is a growing concern—the community mobility needs of older adults. Surpassing the coverage available in existing gerontology textbooks, it enables the reader to understand and appreciate the challenges faced by older adults as they make the transition from driving to using transportation options (many of which were not designed to meet their particular needs). It considers the physical and cognitive limitations of older adult passengers, the family of transportation services, the challenges providers face in meeting the assistance and support needs of senior passengers, and the transportation methods that do and do not currently meet the needs and wants of senior passengers. This textbook addresses the educational and professional development needs of faculty, students, and practitioners working in the fields of aging, aging services, and transportation. The book has been class-tested and features innovative, practical learning tools that appeal to students and practitioners. It complements any introductory course in gerontology, human development and aging, or human factors, and will enhance the curriculum of programs in the social behavioral sciences as well as traffic safety, transit engineering, and community planning.