Smart Ageing: The Challenges of (not) Using Technology


  • Zrinka Stojanović Social Work Study Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
  • Ana Štambuk Social Work Study Centre, Faculty of Law, Zagreb
  • Lucija Vejmelka Social Work Study Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb


The aim of this paper is to review the theoretical reflections and researches carried out on this concept in order to offer a review of the knowledge in the field of smart ageing. The ESHTAM model is explained, which examines the willingness to use technology in old age and identifies ways of accepting the concept of smart ageing using technology, but also without using it. It is considered to improve the quality of life in older age through cognitive stimulation, physical activity and balanced nutrition and also how it is possible to use the help of modern technology to increase cognitive functionalities, physical progress and social involvement of older people. The implementation of smart housing and the impact of the smart ageing concept on the health system are analysed. The article also discusses the ethical dilemmas associated with using technology with older people.

Key words: elderly people, smart ageing, smart living, modern technologies, ethical dilemmas