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Authors: Hsu, Y. L.; recommended: Yeh-Liang Hsu (2012-08-02);
Note: This paper is presented at 2012 International Society of Gerontechnology World Conference, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), the Netherlands, June 26~29, 2012. This paper is also published at Gerontechnology 2012; 11(2): 118; doi: 10.4017/gt.2012.

Gerontechnology: inspiration from the Chinese culture


Culture and social issues of Gerontechnology; Chinese value and perspective of Gerontechnology; Current status of gerontechnology research in the Sinophone world (China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc.); Inspiration from the Chinese culture in Gerontechnology  


Research in gerontechnology generally emphasizes on how technologies can be used to satisfy the needs of the elderly people. However, the success of a gerontechnology product/system also depends heavily on culture and social acceptance. The culture and social diversity of different parts of the world have to be considered.

Filial piety is a concept originating with Confucianism, and has been an essential element of Chinese culture. Basically, filial piety refers to the responsibility to care for, respect, and obey parents. Under this traditional value, the practice of gerontechnology in the Sinophone world may provide a different perspective in this field. For example, family tie is very much emphasized in Chinese culture. Building an intuitive environment to enhance the interaction and interpersonal communication between the elderly people and their family members receives special attention. In the design process of gerontechnology products and systems, we also look into the abundant Chinese traditional literature for inspiration.

In this special session, culture and social issues of Gerontechnology, in particular, the Chinese value and perspective of Gerontechnology is discussed. Current status of gerontechnology research in the Sinophone world is presented, and some Gerontechnology design concepts inspired from ancient Chinese stories, poems, and other literature are also described.


We expect to give the audience a Chinese perspective of Gerontechnology. We also hope to raise the attention on the possible culture and social issues in gerontechnology, and how these issues can be explored and satisfied under a common culture. This approach may give the development of gerontechnology products and systems a more solid foundation, better user acceptance, and a higher possibility of success.

Keywords: Gerontechnology, Chinese culture, filial piety, culture and social issues