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Technology in an ageing society 

Technology in an ageing society
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Technology in an ageing society
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Stanley Muravchick

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10.1093/med/9780199604999.003.0004
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date: 18 August 2019

Gerotechnology—the application of advanced technology to limit the effects of ageing—is a rapidly evolving field. This chapter summarizes the wide range of technologies being developed and their potential benefits. It also identifies the challenges and costs implicit in their widespread introduction. Medical infomatics is a description of the use of communication technologies to allow rapid access to expert advice and medical support, often from some distance away. The use of knowbots, smart jewellery, high performance computing, and personal access to high-speed Internet may provide appropriate screening and advice for the less mobile elderly or even call for help from emergency services. Prolongation of active life through genomics, and specifically, proteomics is being explored as is the use of stem cell and cloning to repair or replace failing organs and joints. All these developments raise ethical dilemmas that are as yet unresolved.

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