While there have been tremendous discoveries advancing issues involving health, there have been equally numerous new challenges for groups and individuals, especially caring for needs of aged people around the world. Individuals are now exceeding the life expectancy of those who were of the same age in the 20th century. As a result, there are new and ever increasing challenges in attempting to give their lives meaning and substance. While minds are active, bodies are not able to respond as they once did. How can technology be employed to increase the quality of life and cultural integrity of the individual and his family?
This issue needs to be sensitive not only to the cure, but also to the ancillary challenges that face patients and their families alike, i.e. maintaining the cultural integrity of the individual, as well as the individual’s rights for dignity and the quality of life.