Title of Work

Impact of Smart Home Technology on Communication and Activity Participation of Older Adults in Independent Living

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Publication/Presentation Date


City of Publication or Presentation

Brooklyn Park, MN

Conference Name

Minnesota Gerontological Society

Conference Location

Brooklyn Park, MN


A team of researchers from a local University, technology provider, and senior housing organization examined the impacts on communication and activity participation in older adults who received a suite of smart home technologies. The smart home technologies included bed and chair sensors, a door sensor, a movement sensor, and an Amazon Echo device. Residents were interviewed before, soon after, and nine months after installation of these devices, and family members were interviewed soon after installation as well. Results show that the use of these technologies had a positive impact on both the resident and the family. This presentation will include a brief review of the literature around smart home technology as well as a summary of the research methodology, results, discussion, and implications for future research.

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