Aging in Place

Ubiquitous computing (also known as ubicomp) will be a transformative technology, particularly in the home. Demographic trends, the economics of long term care, new medical technologies, and social norms may collide to result in widespread unexamined adoption of home-based ubicomp and aging. The current model of aging in place cannot be sustained with the retirement and caregiving needs of the Boomer generation. For aging in place, the current model is a single caregiver with complete responsibility for helping the older adult. Aging in Place can lead to social isolation and safety/security risks for increasingly frail elders. New monitoring technologies risk further increasing isolation, as personal caregivers may be less likely to participate in human contact, or offer connectivity based on the design of the system. Without a deeper understanding of privacy, a compelling concern in ubicomp, this transformational change will be framed as a Hobson’s choice: the right to privacy or home-based ubicomp