Handbook of Inclusive Innovation
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Handbook of Inclusive Innovation

The Role of Organizations, Markets and Communities in Social Innovation

Edited by Gerard George, Ted Baker, Paul Tracey and Havovi Joshi

The Handbook of Inclusive and Social Innovation: The Role of Organizations, Markets and Communities offers a comprehensive review of research on inclusive innovation to address systemic and structural issues – the “Grand Challenges” of our time. With 27 contributions from 57 scholars, the Handbook provides frameworks and insights by summarising current research, and highlights emerging practices and scalable solutions. The contributions highlight a call to action and place social impact at the heart of theory and practice. It will be an invaluable resource for academics, practitioners, and policymakers who champion social inclusion and emphasize innovative approaches to addressing sustainable development goals.
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Chapter 12: Sustainable technology-enabled innovations for ageing-in-place: the Singapore example

Hwee-Pink Tan and Hwee-Xian Tan

Abstract

The increasing ageing population worldwide exacerbates problems associated with shrinking manpower, shortage in institutionalized resources and healthcare/eldercare facilities, as well as lack of professionals who are trained in geriatric care. Ageing-in-place allows seniors to continue staying in the familiarity of their residential homes, and leverage support from the community for day-to-day needs, while maintaining independence and privacy. This is especially important for vulnerable seniors who live alone as well as those who require barrier-free access. Emerging technologies can play an essential role in facilitating such an ageing-in-place model, through ambient monitoring and intelligence, coupled with cross-disciplinary sense-making through artificial intelligence approaches. The sustainability of such technological innovations requires collaborations and integrative efforts at the stakeholder, technology and sense-making fronts. In this chapter, the authors provide a review of existing technology-enabled ageing-in-place initiatives, and describe a collaborative framework to enhance the sustainability of these efforts. They then share their experiences gleaned through various collaborative efforts that combine technology with socio-behavioral sciences and clinical validation, backed by a collaborative ecosystem of key stakeholders, for vulnerable seniors to age well and gracefully in their own homes and local community. Finally, the authors outline a cross-disciplinary and collaborative research agenda necessary to ensure sustainability of similar initiatives.

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