Volume 14(3), 2018-11, 258—263

More years, more technologies: Aging in the digital era

Sakari Taipale
Centre of Excellence in Research on
Ageing and Care
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of Jyväskylä
Finland

Riitta Hänninen
Centre of Excellence in Research on
Ageing and Care
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of Jyväskylä
Finland

This special issue presents research on the role of digital health and communication technologies in later life. Drawing from the observation that people’s longer lives are affected by digital technologies to varying extents and recognizing the vast supply of traditional and digital technologies targeted at older users, we maintain that the principle of aged heterogeneity also manifests itself with respect to the adoption and use of digital technologies. Basing on the findings presented in the articles of the issue, we conclude n this introduction to the issue that the concept of aged heterogeneity and the particularities of old age as a stage of life are still insufficiently incorporated into the design of digital technologies and applications.