Review Article

Emerging Technology for Healthy Lifestyle of the Middle-Age and Elderly: A Scoping Review


Background: Emerging technology research focusing on promoting healthy lifestyles for the middle-aged and elderly is paramount in recent literature. However, limited evidence is available for the middle-aged population. This paper reviews how emerging technologies can help in promoting a healthy lifestyle for the middle-aged and elderly.

Methods: A scoping literature review method was employed. Articles were extracted from online databases published within 2010–2021. Overall, 3,152 articles related to the topic were obtained and 2979 articles were archived via different search procedures. Moreover, 173 articles that met the inclusion criteria underwent qualitative synthesize for conclusive inferences.

Results: Most studies focused on people aged 60 and up, leaving the middle-aged population under-studied and unprepared to age. Older adults have high technology anxiety and resistance to change. Limited studies are available to support technology-based healthy lifestyle promotion for middle-aged people. The emerging technologies that are useful in promoting healthy lifestyle behavior among middle-aged people include: robotics, virtual reality, wearables, artificial intelligence, smart textiles, as well as centralized health information systems.

Conclusion: This review sets as a pace-setter for future research on how emerging technologies can aid in the development of healthy lifestyles for the middle-aged and elderly population, allowing them to live a quality life as they age.


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SectionReview Article(s)
Emerging technology Technology Elderly Healthy lifestyle Middle age Scoping Review

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Hamid S, Faith F, Jaafar Z, Ghani N, Yusop F. Emerging Technology for Healthy Lifestyle of the Middle-Age and Elderly: A Scoping Review. Iran J Public Health. 2023;52(2):230-242.