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Indian Journal of Gerontology
Year : 2020, Volume : 34, Issue : 3
First page : ( 394) Last page : ( 402)
Print ISSN : 0971-4189.

Role of assistive devices in wellbeing of elderly: A review

Prajapati Gayatri, Sharmila Khwairakpam

Department of Human Development and Family Studies, School of Home Science, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow-226025, (Uttar Pradesh)

Online published on 23 December, 2020.


In the rapidly ageing population, the elderly called upon to adapt to new technology and the demands of modern society. Assistive devices and technologies are those whose primary purpose is to maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence to facilitate participation and to enhance overall well-being. Examples of assistive devices and technologies include wheelchairs, prostheses, hearings aids, visual aids, and specialized computer software and hardware that increase mobility, hearing, vision, or communication capacities. Technology is considered assistive when it is used to assist in the functional performance of activities, reducing disabilities to perform activities of daily living and everyday life in the various areas of daily life. The use of assistive technology involves the expansion of the functional abilities of the individual, providing the restoration of deficient functions or carrying out activities that are prevented as a result of congenital or acquired deficiencies during the ageing process.



Aged population, Assistive devices, Wellbeing, Quality of life.


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