Type of Content: News

Subtype: Call for Papers

Resource Title: Call for Papers: Aging and Technology Use in the Era of Digitization and Automation

Publication Title: Work, Aging and Retirement

Publish Date: May 31, 2021: Initial manuscript proposals due

Technological advancements, including developments in information and communication technologies, artificial intelligence, autonomous technologies, and human-robot collaboration, affect aging workers’ lives in many ways. Yet older adults’ adoption and use of these new technologies and their adaptation to technological changes may follow different patterns and be driven by factors different from those for younger workers.

Understanding older adults’ diverse needs, preferences, and technological competence is essential for facilitating the adoption and use of technological devices and tools by older adults and relevant stakeholders (e.g. employers and caregivers). In addition, global health crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, pose serious challenges for older adults’ learning and use of new technologies, likely with lasting impacts that extend beyond the work context. This calls for serious attention and interventions to ensure older workers’ access to tangible resources (e.g. products and goods) and intangible resources (e.g. information, services, and social interactions) in this new era of increasing digitization and automation.

Addressing the intersection of aging and technology use requires interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration. With this Special Issue, Work, Aging and Retirement reaches beyond its usual focus on work and retirement research, and aims to bring together researchers from a broad range of academic disciplines and fields to address the social, behavioral, organizational, and cultural aspects of aging and technology use. These academic disciplines and fields include but are not limited to anthropology, communication, computer science, engineering, geography, gerontology, human development, information science, medicine, management, nursing, nutritional science, pharmacy, psychology, social work, and sociology.

This Special Issue will include 4 broad topic areas: work, health, product/device design, and the impact of COVID-19. More information here.

Call for Papers: Aging and Technology Use in the Era of Digitization and Automation

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