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Free Content Representing the 'older end user'? Challenging the role of social scientists in the field of 'active and assisted living'

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As digital technologies have gained vast relevance in contemporary societies, technological assistance and support has also become an important topic in the field of care. Despite the fact that older adults are often framed as 'laggards' in the innovation process, they have become one major target group for technology development. This poses challenges to care recipients and infrastructures, but also to research in the field of gerontechnologies. In this debate article, we raise some fundamental questions about the role that social sciences play in the field of active assisted living and propose new directions for research on ageing and technologies.

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Keywords: AGEING; ASSISTED LIVING TECHNOLOGIES; END USER; SOCIAL SCIENCES

Document Type: Commentary

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Publication date: February, 2019

This article was made available online on January 30, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Representing the ‘older end user’? Challenging the role of social scientists in the field of ‘active and assisted living’".

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  • The International Journal of Care and Caring (IJCC) is a new multidisciplinary journal designed to advance scholarship and debate in the important and expanding field of care and caring. Multidisciplinary and international in scope, it publishes high quality contributions on care, caring and carers from all regions of the world. IJCC has a broad focus, covering care and caring for people of any age who have long-term conditions, disabilities or frailties, or who are seriously ill or near the end of life. It explores the economic, organisational, political, social, legal, familial, transnational and ethical settings in which this care occurs.

    IJCC is concerned with care provided as paid work and as support for family members, friends or neighbours; with care in home, community and residential settings; and with formal and informal care relations, organisation, systems and markets. It focuses on 'receiving' and 'giving' care and on the gendered nature and social, political, legal and economic status and circumstances of care and caring. It debates the support needed in localities, workplaces and health systems to make care and caring feasible and rewarding for carers and dignified and supportive of independence for care recipients. IJCC welcomes contributions on caring relationships, the ethics and political economy of care, care as a focus of moral philosophy and feminist analysis and care and caring as sources of claims-making and challenge and as the spur for national and global social movements.

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