Singapore University of Social Sciences

Technology in an Ageing Society (GER527)

Applications Open: 01 April 2020

Applications Close: 31 May 2020

Next Available Intake: July 2020

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: SkillsFuture


Synopsis

The use of technology in expanding the potential of seniors and facilitating them to live independent lives is pervasive across the world. Gerontechnology aims to fulfill the needs of an ageing society. This course will focus on scientific research and advances in technology that can enhance the physical and mental health, social participation and safety of the seniors. Students will engage in a group project that innovatively addresses a challenge that is faced by seniors by either designing a product or a service. As longevity increases, technology can be tapped to prevent age-related diseases and age-related losses through exercise, therapeutic intervention and affordable treatment. Students are guided to seek solutions to improve the quality of life of seniors by combining knowledge of the ageing process woven with technological expertise.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • Exploring Gerontechnology – its role and functions
  • The five aspects of Gerontechnology: Enhancement, Prevention, Compensation, Care and Research
  • Physical and mental barriers and enablers to seniors’ participation
  • Social, cognitive, and affective barriers and enablers
  • Application of technology in the field of health and housing
  • Advances of assistive technology in the field of mobility and communication
  • Designing facilitators in the field of education and learning
  • Applications for engaging Asian seniors for mental ‘gym’
  • Ethical Issues and future research areas

Learning Outcome

  • Examine the factors that contribute to the success of techno-gerontological solutions
  • Develop technological applications in health, housing and education
  • Plan a project that deals with the process of applying technology to age-related issues and/or problems
  • Discuss the issues and challenges involved in persuading seniors to embrace technology
  • Create and develop interventions and/or programmes to support healthy engagement of mental functions through technologies
  • Design a product or service that can meet the needs of seniors in the Asian context
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