Assistive Technologies for Aged Care: Supportive or Empowering?

  • Suchada Vichitvanichphong
  • Amir Talaei-Khoei Discipline of Informatics Faculty of Arts and Business University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Donald Kerr
  • Amir Hossein Ghapanchi
Keywords: empowering technologies, independent living, aged care


The main objective of this paper is to explore the potentials of assistive technologies to support seniors’ independent living. The work looks at two salient aspects of utilizing technologies for elderly, namely direct support and empowering technologies. The research undertakes a comprehensive analysis of attempts that have been made through investigation of the literature. For this purpose, a realist review of relevant papers published since 2000 has been conducted. The paper concludes that although much research in this area targets the direct support for older adults, the effective use of technologies to maintain seniors’ physical and cognitive abilities requires further investigations. This can provide avenues of opportunities that would empower seniors for their independent living.

Author Biography

Amir Talaei-Khoei, Discipline of Informatics Faculty of Arts and Business University of the Sunshine Coast

Dr Amir Talaei-Khoei is a faculty member at University of the Sunshine Coast. Since 2008, he has been an active member of Asia–Pacific ubiquitous Healthcare Research Centre (APuHC). Dr. Talaei-Khoei coordinates a national research initiative for Assistive Technologies for Aged Care, which will turn to the long-term strategic IT plan for Aged Care Industry IT Council (ACIITC) in Australia. He is also a member of editorial board in Health Informatics.

Dr Talaei-Khoei's research mainly focuses on computer supportive cooperative work as well as assistive and game technologies in healthcare scenarios. Amir has received his PhD from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia and holds a Master of Science of Information Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden.

Prior to joining academia, Amir was involved in several commercial e-health projects. Dr. Talaei-Khoei has taught for ICT, Software Engineering, Information Systems, MBA and Executive MBA programs in Australia and Europe.
How to Cite
Vichitvanichphong, S., Talaei-Khoei, A., Kerr, D., & Ghapanchi, A. H. (2014). Assistive Technologies for Aged Care: Supportive or Empowering?. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 18(3).