Coping Up with Globalization: A Systematic Review of the Impact of Technological Advancement on the Elderly Population
Rockiner Kenneth Simoonga
Lecturer, School of Humanities & social sciences department of social work &
sociology, The University of Zambia, Lusaka Zambia.
Old age engender frailty, which may become a burden to primary relatives especially young adult children. This phenomenon has economic implications for the larger society because young able-bodied members of society may have caring responsibilities that would take them away from full participation in the labour market. Technology, which is largely seen as a major catalyst of economic development has incorporated the senior members of society in coping with their everyday lives. However, the extent to which technology has impacted the elderly has not received adequate attention in the literature. Existing research focused much on the impact of technology to the old people from the perspective of caregivers and family members. This paper examines the impact of technology to the elderly people from their own perspective using a systematic review of literature. Several databases were consulted and a total of 6 articles from a pool of articles generated were analysed. The study found that there are a number of assistive devices available to the aging members which to a great extent gives them a sense of belonging to society in that it helps them keep their identity by being independent. It has also been found that the elderly population are still sceptical about some of the devices as they are perceived to be invading their privacy. The paper proposes further studies on how social interaction can lead to successful aging.