Older people should be involved in the design of technology to ensure they are not excluded from its benefits. So argues social gerontologist Stephanie Hatzifilalithis. This would help to avoid costly barriers to the adoption of technology that “colour and shape” experiences of ageing. She cites the Co-Design movement, which involves different sections of society but has not yet spread widely to silver generations, noting that artificial intelligence, health care technologies, and monitoring and surveillance systems, among others, are increasingly being integrated into their lives. “Researchers, designers and technology developers need to take the initiative and spend time to think through personal bias related to age based stereotypes to design tech with older people”, she says.

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