Assistive Technologies for older adults to agein-place; gaining knowledge about the criteria


Helianthe Kort (helianthe.kort @

Taiuani Raymundo (taiuani @

Mei Lan Fang (m.l.fang @

Kylie Shae (


The utilization of various assistive technologies (AT) by older adults has become
increasingly prevalent in facilitating the concept of ageing in place (AiP). These ATs can
be employed to support both instrumental and digital daily activities, as well as social
connectedness, within the constructs of “my home, my castle” or “comfortable living as
long as possible”. This workshop aims to delve into these two proposed constructs of
AiP, allowing participants to identify and describe criteria that can be used to assess the
safety and effectiveness of technology for active assisted living and aging in place. Such
criteria may include acceptability, accessibility, integration, and appropriate use of the
technology. The workshop is an integral activity within the WHO-ISG project on AT for
ageing adults

Expected learning outcomes

By the end of this education session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the assistive technologies commonly used by older adults to
    support AiP.
  2. Define the criteria used to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of assistive
    technology products and devices for AiP, including factors such as usability,
    accessibility, and appropriateness.
  3. Develop three recommendations for the assessment and selection of assistive
    technology for AiP, based on identified criteria and individual needs and
  4. Develop increased knowledge of the various AT available to support AiP,
    specifically for instrumental and digital daily activities, and social connectedness.
  5. Establish opportunities for networking and collaboration with other professionals
    and researchers interested in AT for aging adults, to share ideas and explore
    potential future collaborations.