Singapore University of Social Sciences

Technology in an Ageing Society

Technology in an Ageing Society (GER527)

Applications Open: 01 October 2023

Applications Close: 15 November 2023

Next Available Intake: January 2024

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course, SkillsFuture Series

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $2200 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Gerontology

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: SkillsFuture

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


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 JAN


  • Application of Technology Acceptance Model framework
  • Artificial Intelligence in improving personalisation of ageing needs
  • Gamification to create positive engagement with older adults
  • 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
  • Design and improve geron-technology applications that address health, rehabilitation, disability and caregiving concerns
  • 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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