By Pauline K. Robinson, Judy Livingston, James E. Birren
The chapters and studies during this booklet were chosen from shows at a Symposium on "Aging and Technological Advances" held in August, 1983 on the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology middle of the collage of Southern California. The Symposium was once made attainable via a supply from the NATO certain Programme Panel on Human components, and the help of this software is gratefully stated. individuals of the Symposium Advisory Board have been James E. Birren, Judy Livingston, Erhard Olbrich, Victor Regnier, Pauline Robinson, Thomas Singleton, Arnold Small, Harvey Sterns, and Alvar Svanborg. Professor Lambros Houssiadas additionally supplied useful encouragement. Appreciation can also be prolonged to the Andrew Norman Institute for complex learn in Gerontology and Geriatrics for help of making plans actions top as much as the Symposium and for help of occasions surrounding the Symposium itself. A beneficiant present from The UPS origin to the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology middle made attainable the compilation, modifying and training of this manuscript and helped to aid Symposium ac ti vi ties. We thank David Bergstone and Mary Margaret Ragan who jointly rigorously and elegantly geared up and performed the typing of the manuscript.
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They are less likely than younger people to be swayed by fads of the moment. Older people are not attracted to products for which they are singled out as consumers because of their age. For example, they resist purchasing foods advertised as specially suited for elderly. Older people are attracted to products that enhance their capability for independent living, both in their communities and in their homes. Thus older people are more likely to accept new technologies which give them a greater sense of physical and emotional well-being.
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