As the global population grows older, the study of aging well has primarily remained focused on what individuals in later life can do to maintain their independence and autonomy in decisions ranging from finances to transportation and housing. Comparatively little attention has been devoted to the role played by trust.
In a Saturday panel at the GSA's Annual Scientific Meeting this past November, AgeLab researchers delved into the subject of trust and how it can affect the experience of aging. Topics discussed included how trust affects tech adoption and use in dementia care, self-reports on health literacy processes, and general wellbeing in older adults.
In addition to the 2014 GSA panel, the Lab has generated several publications, white papers and a webinar regarding trust. The AgeLab continues to pursue questions of interest around this topic, including ongoing research regarding trust and financial decision making and the role that design and the physical environment play in engendering trust.