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Ambient assisted living technologies to support older adults’ health and wellness: a systematic mapp

While the proportion of the Older Adults (OAs) population is growing, this shift rais-es a challenging question: “How can we support OAs to lead independent and healthy lifestyle?”. Many  researchers  have  been  studying  Ambient  Assisted Living Technologies (or AALTs) over the last three decades to tackle this challenge. How-ever, no literature can provide an overall view of research  in  the  field  of  AALTs  and  linkages  be-tween technical development and related health-care  needs.  Thus,  we  conducted  a  systematic  mapping  review  of  literature  focusing  on  AALTs  (N  =  7006)  to  explore  three  main  research  ques-tions: 1) When, where, and how AALTs are stud-ied?;  2)  What  is  the  technological  maturity  lev-el  of  AALTs  used  to  support  a  health  and  well-ness,  and  where  were  they  evaluated  and/or  im-plemented?; and 3) To which health and wellness purposes are AALTs deployed? We found sever-al noticeable imbalances in literature and identi-fied  some  strategies  to  move  this  field  of  inves-tigation  further  and  to  bring  AALTs  applications  closer  to  clinical  practice.  While  research  in  the  area  is  gradually  blossoming,  the  area  mainly  leads  in  only  a  few  countries.  Furthermore,  the  majority of research targeted asymptomatic old-er adults living at home. We hope this paper will help researchers easily understand what type of research, with whom, and where are available in AALT  now.  Potential  challenges  associated  with  AALTs research are also discussed.

Choukou, M. A., Polyvyana, A., Sakamoto, Y., & Osterreicher, A. (2021). Ambient assisted living technologies to support older adults’ health and wellness: a systematic mapping review. European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, 25(12), 4289-4307.

Bibtext Entry

@article{choukou2021ambient,
  title={Ambient assisted living technologies to support older adults’ health and wellness: a systematic mapping review},
  author={Choukou, MA and Polyvyana, A and Sakamoto, Y and Osterreicher, A},
  journal={European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences},
  volume={25},
  number={12},
  pages={4289--4307},
  year={2021}
}

Authors

Dr. Yumiko Sakamoto

Dr. Yumiko Sakamoto

Research Associate