By Pauline K. Robinson, Judy Livingston, James E. Birren

The chapters and studies during this booklet were chosen from displays at a Symposium on "Aging and Technological Advances" held in August, 1983 on the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology heart of the collage of Southern California. The Symposium used to be made attainable via a supply from the NATO precise Programme Panel on Human components, and the aid of this application is gratefully said. participants 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 helpful encouragement. Appreciation is usually prolonged to the Andrew Norman Institute for complicated examine in Gerontology and Geriatrics for help of making plans actions major as much as the Symposium and for aid of occasions surrounding the Symposium itself. A beneficiant reward from The UPS starting place to the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology heart made attainable the compilation, enhancing and coaching of this manuscript and helped to aid Symposium ac ti vi ties. We thank David Bergstone and Mary Margaret Ragan who jointly conscientiously and assuredly equipped and performed the typing of the manuscript.

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De knowledge of technology to address their meetings. At a recent meeting, an engineer from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration explained how technology gained from the space program could be adapted to the needs of the elderly and the handicapped. He told how a sensor can be implanted in the body to detect heart fibrillation and then deliver an electric shock to restore the heart to a normal rhythm. He also described a 38 C. F. BRICKFIELD prosthetic urinary sphincter consisting of a simple reliable valve which is implanted to restore urinary control.

Major portions of wafers, and later total wafers, as larger components we will be able to integrate many millions of circuits - perhaps billions of circuits. When we reach such a period, in the late 1980s or early 1990s on the agenda for the future, then looms the ability to construct component institutions which can be used to assist the aged in the real-time of their thinking, discourse and actions. Some possibilities are: * * * * * Component health care machines/systems Component libraries Offices-on-a-wafer/component offices Component schools Component "hospitals".

One of these, called Med-E-Lert, was designed by an 36 C. F. BRICKFIELD electronics engineer living in Florida. It consists of a miniature radio which, when gently squeezed, sends an emergency signal to a control unit plugged into a telephone jack in the user's home. When activated, the control unit sends a specially coded signal to a 24-hour emergency monitoring center. The designer of Med-E-Lert cites a number of instances whereby older people have received emergency help. For example, an 84-year-old woman in Minnesota's icy winter slipped on the stoop outside her house and was unable to regain her footing.

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