A Procedure Model for Developing Gerontechnological Solutions to Achieve Demographic Sustainability in Aging Society

Rongbo Hu, Thomas Bock, Yuan Lu, Thomas Linner

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Population aging is arguably one of the most serious challenges facing human society. It is not only a severe crisis in the developed world but also a rigorous threat to emerging economies. Therefore, vigorous measures need to be taken to mitigate the impact of aging society. This chapter proposes a procedure model as the foundation to systematically develop gerontechnological solutions. Based on the analysis of the state-of-the-art assistive smart furniture and smart home solutions and the requirements of older adults, a service system called Ambient Rehabilitation Kit that transforms clinical and care environments into personalized modular sensing, prevention, and intervention systems was proposed, encouraging older adults to become healthier through various activities. To achieve that goal, several modular smart interior devices integrating advanced sensing and assistive technologies were developed which seamlessly materialize the care concepts and functionality. Meanwhile, a strategy for testing and exhibiting the system was proposed. Furthermore, this chapter also introduces a framework for the cost-benefit analysis of the gerontechnological solutions compared to traditional care methods. Finally, in order to mitigate the severe threat imposed by rapid population aging to the social sustainability of emerging economies, the prospects for implementing the Ambient Rehabilitation Kit in China’s market are discussed, and a research and development action plan is proposed based on the results of a nationwide opinion survey.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Energy and Technology
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2024
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGreen Energy and Technology
VolumePart F2272
ISSN (Print)1865-3529
ISSN (Electronic)1865-3537


  • Aging society
  • Demographic sustainability
  • Gerontechnology
  • Procedure model
  • Smart furniture
  • Smart home


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