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Title: Quality of life: Conceptual challenges in exploring the role of ICT in active ageing
Authors: Gilhooly, M
Gilhooly, K
Jones, RB
Keywords: Older people;ICT;Quality of life;Active ageing;Information society
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: IOS Press
Citation: Assistive Technology Research Series. 23: 1-27
Abstract: The chapter aims to examine the definitional challenges associated with the term quality of life, measurement challenges, the challenges associated with enhancing quality of life, and the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in quality of life in old age, and finally comments on the challenges of a modern information society for older people. The term quality of life started as a social scientific index of the relative well-being of whole populations, i.e. the state of states. Nowadays quality of life is more likely to be viewed as an individualized aspect of the modern psyche. This shift in conceptualization is problematic in that, if quality of life is individualized, it cannot be meaningful to assess it in the same way for everyone. Nevertheless, over the years a vast range of methods of measuring quality of life has emerged, leading to several measurement challenges. Wealth, health and social relations have all been found to be prime determinants of subjective quality of life; for ICT to enhance quality of life for older people they need to mediate the relationships between these three important factors and quality of life. To date there is relatively little evidence that ICT has improved the quality of life of older people. Suggestions are made as to why ICT is unlikely to influence life quality for older citizens. The chapter is drawn to a close by asking if quality of life is a meaningless term and if the future is bleak for old people in a modern information society. The answer to both questions is no.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/3850
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-58603-937-0-49
ISBN: 978-1-58603-937-0
ISSN: 1383-813X
Appears in Collections:Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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