Converging applications for active ageing policy
Purpose ‐ This article attempts to match the future needs of older people with the possibilities arising from applications based on new technology.
Design/methodology/approach ‐ This article examines the implications of novel applications for active
ageing policy. These applications are forecast to arise from the convergence of two or more previously separated science disciplines and technologies, including information and communication technologies, nanotechnologies, biotechnology and cognitive sciences.
Research on converging applications (CA) is largely driven by health applications, and is likely to spill over into the older generation's specific needs. Today, older people's most urgent needs require little CA. In the future, however, the role of CA will become more important as technology
develops and is more widely used.
Originality/value ‐ Owing to demographic change and its expected social and economic implications, there is a need to investigate how upcoming applications could contribute to the future specific needs of the older population.