The world is rapidly ageing but the technological innovations are also rapid penetrating the world. Older adults are facing several major challenges regarding how to age-in-place, deal with dementia or other chronic disorders or how to retrofit their homes our adjust their environment aligned with the functional and/or cognitive decline. These aspects will be address in the Gerontechnology course. The course has a specific focus on built environments and building services technologies, as well as aspects of human factors. Furthermore, the latest developments trends and innovations in the field of gerontechnology will be treated in this course.
Gerontechnology, a combination of the word's gerontology and technology, is an interdisciplinary academic and professional research field dedicated to helping ageing adults fulfill their life goals. Gerontechnology is concerned with providing technology to better support the health, housing, mobility, communication, leisure and work needs of older people. Students will gain insight into aging and the challenges of old age and how technological applications can be helpful. Furthermore, they learn to focus on ageing adults' goals and ambitions when developing a technology application, instead of limiting themselves to technological requirements only.
The course has an interdisciplinary approach and is a combination of lectures, coaching and individual guidance by (grand) masters in gerontechnology. The course is open for students working in any field of aging and technology.
After the course students will have knowledge about Gerontechnology, know how to apply the Gerontechnology principles to their project, will gain more self-confidence in working in co-creation with older people to find solutions to tackle their challenges. Moreover, students will learn to approach a challenge from a multidisciplinary perspective based on the Gerontechnology principles.
dr.ir. Emelieke Huisman, postdoctoral researcher and senior lecturer research group Technology for healthcare innovations, coordinator of the course Health and Technology and a background in building engineering.
prof.dr. Helianthe Kort, Holder faculty chair Technology for healthcare innovations and full professor Building Healthy Environments for Future Users at Eindhoven University of Technology. President of the International Society for Gerontechnology and master of the World Academy for Gerontechnology.
Dutch and international students (Bachelor level or advanced bachelor) and professionals with interest or experience in the domain of aging and technology are the main target groups of this summer course.
Aim of the course
Enhancement of the knowledge in Gerontechnology through:
- Introduction in Gerontechnology
- Enhancement of state of the art knowledge
- Visits and assignments
Two weeks of lectures, workshops and visits (in total 60 hours), self-study (20 hours). During the summer school students will have an assignment. An assessment will follow at the end.
- The fee for professionals, both foreign and Dutch is €950
- Students receive a €300 discount
- Hogeschool Utrecht students receive a €950 discount
Please do not make your payment before the discount has been added. This discount will be added once you are accepted to the course.
Please include your motivation if you are a student and are eligible for one of the discounts.
For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:
Emelieke Huisman | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | T: 0031-6-38763309