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Smart Built Environments and Independent Living: A Public Health Perspective

  • Blaine ReederEmail author
  • George Demiris
  • Hilaire J. Thompson
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8456)

Abstract

To address the projected global shortfall of gerontological health care workers, we outline a research approach that is informed by the past successes of public health toward the goal of developing and implementing smart homes at the community-level to support independent living. Specifically, we discuss the epidemiologic triad consisting of host, environment, and agent factors in relation to other person-environment fit models. We propose this model as the underlying framework for a smart homes development approach that focuses on creating task advantages to support independence at home. We provide recommendations to implement the approach by including community-level stakeholders and policy makers in research that uses a model well-recognized by public health professionals.

Keywords

Smart homes Public health Independent aging Older adults 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blaine Reeder
    • 1
    Email author
  • George Demiris
    • 2
  • Hilaire J. Thompson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusAuroraUSA
  2. 2.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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