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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES FOR HEALTHY AGEING: PROSPECTS, CHALLENGES, AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

S. Canali, A. Ferretti, V. Schiaffonati, A. Blasimme

Digital technologies hold promise to modernize healthcare. Such opportunity should be leveraged also to address the needs of rapidly ageing populations. Against this backdrop, this paper examines the use of wearable devices for promoting healthy ageing. Previous work has assessed the prospects of digital technologies for health promotion and disease prevention in older adults. However, to our knowledge, ours is one of the first attempts to specifically address the use of wearables for healthy ageing, and to offer ethical insights for assessing the prospects of leveraging wearable devices in this context. We provide an analysis of the considerable opportunities associated with the use of wearables for healthy ageing, with a focus on the five domains of intrinsic capacity: locomotion, sensory functions, psychological aspects, cognition, and vitality. We then highlight current limitations and ethical challenges of such approach to healthy ageing, including issues related to access, inclusion, privacy, surveillance, autonomy, and regulation. We conclude by discussing the implications of our analysis in light of current debates on the ethics of digital health, and suggest measures to address the identified challenges. 10.14283/jfa.2024.19

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S. Canali ; A. Ferretti ; V. Schiaffonati ; A. Blasimme (2024): Wearable Technologies for Healthy Ageing: Prospects, Challenges, and Ethical Considerations. The Journal of Frailty and Aging (JFA). http://dx.doi.org/10.14283/jfa.2024.19 DOI (INIST) : les données ont été enregistrées dans le fichier xml/DOI-INIST-jfa.2024.19.xml -> acceder à l'espace DOI (INIST.SERDI / SERDIDOI31)

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