ISG News Letter 2017

The president's corner

This has proven to be a very productive and exciting summer for ISG.  In July members of the ISG played prominent roles in the first ever Technology Day sponsored by the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics in association with the Gerontological Society of America in San Francisco, California.  Over 6,000 from over 75 countries attended the World Congress, and Technology Day alone drew a crowd of 600, filling the room to overflowing and further underscoring the growing importance of technology in addressing the needs and aspirations of older adults worldwide.

Our ISG panel session entitled “Using Robots to Address the Psychosocial, Health and Functional Needs of Older Adults” followed Technology Day’s opening keynote address - “The Promise of Technology in Aging” by Professor Joseph Coughlin, founder of MIT’s AgeLab.  Later that morning, Past-President Andrew Sixsmith presented at the “IAGG Symposium:  Technology and Aging - Promising Solutions, Global Challenges” moderated by Prof. David Lindeman of CITRIS located at the University of California.   Our ISG booth drew considerable attention from the attendees, rapidly exhausting our supply of flyers and sample journals. The entire 12-hour Technology Day program of events may be reviewed online at

This month your president is off to Korea to engage local leadership in prospective discussions on the formation of a Korean Chapter to better address the needs of older Korean citizens.  I will be presenting at the 2017 International Gerontechnology Expo to be held from November 9-12 at KINTEX in Illsan, South Korea. 

I look forward to reporting back on what I am sure will be very profitable discussions. I am very excited about the prospects of establishing a new chapter in Korea.

Impression ISG Activities @ IAGG2017

On the Picture from left to right:


Prof Andrew Sixsmith, former ISG president, prof Gloria Gutmann, president of the North-American ISG chapter, prof Helianthe Kort, president of the Dutch-Flemish ISG chapter, prof William Kearns current ISG president at the ISG booth during the Tech day on the IAGG2017 conference in San Francisco, US.

Picture taken at the Dutch Consulate meeting, July 25th 2017 with Mr. David Lindeman, one of the key organizers of the IAGG Technology Day together with prof William Kearns and prof Helianthe Kort.

News from the chapters

Fundation of Brazilian Society for Gerontechnology

On September 28, last Friday, a group of researchers met at the University of Sao Paulo, for the founding assembly of the Brazilian Society of Gerontechnology.

In this meeting, advised by a lawyer, researchers from 5 different universities (6 doctors were present, 3 by videoconference), as well as undergraduate, masters and doctoral students were present for election of the first board and regiment of this scientific society.

 At the II Brazilian Congress of Gerontology, which will take place on November 16, 17 and 18, at the University of Sao Paulo Campus in Ribeirão Preto, will be the public launch of the society.
Once all the documentation is registered in a public registry, we will give official news to all ISG members.

The opening meeting of the new chapter took place on September 28 at the Medical School of Ribeirão Preto - University of São Paulo. Participants (from left to right):

- Dr Joab Xavier: Local health council of Ribeirao Preto
  School Health Center
- Marina Soares Bernardes: PhD student in
  Bioengineering - University of São Paulo
-José Marcelo de Castro: PhD student at College of 
  Economics and Administration of Ribeirao Preto 
  University of São Paulo
- Dr Paula Costa Castro: Professor of Department of
  Gerontology at Federal University of São Carlos
- Dr Carla da Silva Santana Castro: Professor at Medical School of Ribeirao Preto 
  University of São Paulo
- By Videoconference: Dr Flamínia Manzano Moreira Lodovici - Professor at the Pontifical
  Catholic University
- By Videoconference: Dr Adriano Pasqualotti - Professor at University of Passo Fundo
- By Videoconference: Dr Taiuani Marquine Raymundo - Professor at Federal University of Paraná
- Bento Miguel Machado: Master student in Bioengineering - University of São Paulo
- Maria Letícia Izar: Occupational Therapy student - University of São Paulo
-Tânia Rahal: Responsible Lawyer
- Dr. Wilson José Alves Pedro - Professor at Federal University of São Carlos

Events 2017 & 2018

Gerontechnology Expo at KINTEX in Korea - November 9 - 11, 2017

Dear ISG member,

I have the great honor of informing you of the upcoming International Gerontechnology Expo & Forum 2017 to be held at the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center at  17-60 Kintex-ro, Ilsanseo-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, in the Republic of Korea ( The event, which will be held on November 9-11, is being orchestrated by my good colleague Professor Woo-Joung Shim of the Department of Senior Business Management of Hanyang Cyber University and Director of Research at Firstcare, Co., Ltd. Professor Shim is President of the Korean Association of Products and Services for Senior Citizens, and is a regional leader in the creation of advanced Gerontechnologies for older adults.

Korea’s national interest in Gerontechnology is strong and their spirit of invention will be very much in evidence at KINTEX in November.
The program will feature cutting-edge gerontechnology products and services as well as professional discussion forums. The full brochure for the event may be found at and materials of interest for potential exhibitors of products and services are attached, as is the agenda for the meeting.  ISG Chapter Presidents are particularly encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Please alert your colleagues to this very important and exciting meeting, and I look forward to seeing you there!  
First Gerontechnology Symposium 2017 in Malaysia
Gerontechnology Lab in collaboration with Global Asia in the 21st Century (GA21) Multidisciplinary Research Platform and School of Business, Petrosains and IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) Malaysia Chapter will be organising the First Gerontechnology Symposium 2017 on 21 November 2017.
The theme of the symposium is “Intergenerational Healthy Aging through Services, Design and Technologies.” This event is an international and interdisciplinary forum to share and exchange knowledge and information on the most recent research and development, as well as practical solutions to problems faced by older adults. The symposium will bring together academics/researchers, industry practitioners, government and NGOs from the Asian region (e.g., Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong). There will be seminars by academic researchers and industry practitioners as well as exhibitions to showcase IT and healthcare products and services.  

  • A forum to explore how technology can improve quality of life and wellbeing as well as digital lifestyle of older adults.
  • A platform to connect academics/researchers, industry practitioners, government and NGOs from the Asian region (e.g., Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Australia) on technology for independent living while promoting intergenerational family support for older adults.
Date & Venue
Date: 21 November 2017
Venue: Plenary Theatre, Monash University, Malaysia

More information or registration for this event is at

ISG's 11th World Conference of Gerontechnology
 May 7-11, 2018
Hilton Bayfront Hotel, 331 1st Street

St. Petersburg, Florida
Theme: Evolving Designs for Our Future Selves

Call for Abstracts

The World Conference of Gerontechnology is the world's largest gathering of researchers, product designers and developers, and practitioners in the field of technology and aging. Held every 2 years, World Conferences feature keynote speakers, invited and submitted symposia, paper and poster sessions.

Topics covered include assistive technology, biomechanics and ergonomics, rehabilitation engineering, robotics, tele-monitoring, telecare, ICT, inclusive design and usability, smart homes and smart fabrics, sensor technology, cognitive aging and computer games, and more.

In addition to a strong scientific program, the 11th World Conference will feature an exhibition and trade show, an exciting social program, and pre- and post-conference special interest events.

The organizing committee for ISG2018 is pleased to announce that the following distinguished individuals have accepted our invitation to present a keynote address the ISG 11th World Conference : 

*Mary Furlong, EdD,  President and CEO of Mary Furlong and Associates, a leading authority on the longevity marketplace


*Jeffrey Kay, MD - Layton Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering & Director  NIA Layton Aging and Alzheimers Disease Center,Oregon Health Sciences University, an expert in the use of sensing technology for signally imminent health and functional change in older adults


 *Alex Mihailidis, PhD. PEng. - Barbara G. Stymiest Research Chair in Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto & Scientific Director of the AGEWELL Network of Centres of Excellence, an expert on intelligent home systems for elder care and wellness.


* Goldie Nejet, PhD, PEng - Canada Research Chair in Robots for Society, University of Toronto, developer of Brian, Casper, Tangy and Leia, interactive robots that provide cognitive and social stimulation, help with activities of daily living, and lead group recreation to improve quality of life and promote seniors' independence

Paul Webster, PhD founder of Ubisense, Inc. of Cambridge, UK. - creator of Ultra-wideband tracking technology used in the behavioral and biomedical research fields and in industrial control applications by    such prominent international firms as BMW, Aston Martin, Airbus and Caterpillar.


For more information about our speakers and details about submitting an abstract for a symposium, paper or poster visit our website at or e-mail 

Abstracts are being accepted for peer review now-- get yours in early -- deadline for submission is January 15, 2018.


ISG North American Chapter & ISG2018 Secretariat

Simon Fraser University Gerontology Research Centre

#2800-515 W Hastings Street, Vancouver Canada

E-mail:    URL:

Invitation to bid for hosting the 12th World Conference of Gerontechnology 2020

If your organization would like to host the 2020 12th ISG World Conference please send a Letter of Interest addressed to the Secretary General ( indicating:

1) the proposed host organization;
2) names and affiliation of the proposed conference organizing committee, their history with ISG and experience in organizing international conferences;
3) proposed conference venue (hotel, conference centre);
4) proposed theme and keynote speakers;
5) potential sources of financial support.

The Letter of Interest needs to be co-signed by the individual who will chair the organising committee and an official representative of the host organization.

In the case of a university department or research unit, the authorized signatory would be the Chair or Director plus the Dean of the relevant faculty or a senior administrator; in the case of an NGO, the President and Secretary/Treasurer.

You may consider contacting your local tourism bureau for help in formulating your bid. These have expertise in highlighting the attractions of the host city and can assist you in soliciting competitive bids from potential venues. Your letter needs to highlight the expertise of the organising committee and its commitment to the academic, social, and financial success of the conference.

Details on previous conferences, including attendance numbers, may be found at:

Letters of interest must be received by Friday, December 15th 2017.

Grant Application Opportunity

The Herman Bouma fund for Gerontechnology Foundation offers this possibility and will support young, promising researchers in the area of Gerontechnology with yearly grants for travelling or research scholarships. Interested? For more information:

Letter from..

J.E.M.H. van Bronswijk (July 12, 2017)

Rectification of Newsletter Volume 1. No. 2

Gerontechnology and its teaching to age in health

With an aging world on all continents, technology to support aging societies is increasingly important for society, research and valorization of services. Fortunately, interest is growing. In Google Scholar, for instance, of the almost 10.000 hits on ‘gerontechnology’, 20% originate from the last 1½ year! About 40% of all hits concern education and 65% treat ‘health’.
Still gerontechnology education of all new and current designers, engineers, researchers and policy makers is not the general rule, perhaps because of a lack of teachers that oversee the intimate and variable relations between gerontology and technology in all domains of life.
The WAGT (World Academy for Gerontechnology) has been established last year to fill this gap by certifying masters who are able to teach this overview and assist in the organization of master classes for emerging designers, scientists and engineers.  Building an Open Access Teaching Library is one of the additional activities foreseen. WAGT is affiliated with the ISG, but currently still in its start-up phase.
Therefore it is unfortunate that so many students and researchers are not allowed to enter the USA, as we saw today again when two 4th-year university students of Dutch descent were refused on JFK airport although they carried a pre-approved visa waiver, and a positive check from London airport.
Therefore I hope that taking part in our next international conference and master class, May 7-11, 2018, will also be available outside USA through Skype-like set-ups. I invite our local chapters to use modern technologies to make this happen for attending and giving presentations, including taking part in the master class. That way the 11th ISG world conference can still support aging in health all over the world.
Bronswijk, J.E.M.H. van. Académie Internationale de Gérontechnologie - World Academy for Gerontechnology (WAGT). Gerontechnology 2016;15(suppl):170s; doi:10.4017/gt.2016.15.s.003.00


Recent publications by ISG-members

Baisch, S; Kolling, T.; Schall, A.; Rühl, S.; Selic, S.; Kim, Z.; Rossberg, H.; Klein, B.; Pantel, J.; Oswald, F.; Knopf, M. (2017):  Acceptance of Social Robots by Elder People: Does Pychosocial Functioning Matter? Int J of Soc Robotics (doi 10.1007/s12369-016-0392-5).

Kamin, S. T., Lang, F. R., & Beyer, A. (2017). Subjective Technology Adaptivity Predicts Technology Use in Old Age. Gerontology, 63, 385-392 (doi 10.1159/000471802).
Seifert, A., Doh, M. & Wahl, H.-W. (2017). They also do it: Internet use by older adults living in residential care facilities. Educational Gerontology, 43, 451-461 (doi 10.1080/03601277.2017.1326224).

Kort, H.S.M., Huisman, C.A.M. (2017) Care Robot ZORA in Dutch Nursing Homes; An Evaluation Study. vol. 242, 2017, p. 527-534. PMID: 28873849. Studies in health technology and informatics.

Koster, Y., & van Houwelingen, C. T. M. (2017). Technology-based healthcare for nursing education within the Netherlands: Past, present and future. Paper presented at the Forecasting Informatics Competencies for Nurses in the Future of Connected Health, Geneva, Switzerland, 232 101-110. doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-738-2-101

Vorrink, S.N.W., Huisman, C.A.M., Kort, H.S.M., Troosters Th. & Lammers J-W.J. (2017) Perceptions of Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Their Physiotherapists Regarding the Use of an eHealth Intervention. JMIR Hum Factors 2017. DOI:10.2196/humanfactors.7196. Vol 4, No 3 (2017): Jul-Sept.

James L Fozard, PhD, William D Kearns, PhD; Linking Longitudinal Variability in Physiological and Behavioral Data to Disease Processes: Opportunities and Challenges, Public Policy & Aging Report, Volume 27, Issue 2, 1 May 2017, Pages 62–67,
Article (free access)

James L Fozard, PhD, William D Kearns, PhD; Linking Longitudinal Variability in Physiological and Behavioral Data to Disease Processes: Opportunities and Challenges, Public Policy & Aging Report, Volume 27, Issue 2, 1 May 2017, Pages 62–67,

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