JMIR Aging

Using technological innovations and data science to inform and improve health care services and health outcomes for older adults.

Editor-in-Chief:

Yun Jiang, PhD, MS, RN, FAMIA, University of Michigan School of Nursing, USA; and Jinjiao Wang, PhD, RN, MPhil, University of Rochester, USA


Impact Factor 4.9

JMIR Aging is an open-access journal that focuses on digital health, emerging technologies, health informatics applications, and patient education for preventative care, clinical care, home care, and self-management support for older adults. The journal also covers aging-focused big data analytics using data from electronic health record systems, health insurance databases, federal reimbursement databases (e.g. U.S. Medicare and Medicaid), and other large datasets.

The target audience of JMIR Aging includes physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, advanced clinical practitioners, patients and caregivers. We publish original research, viewpoints, and reviews (both literature reviews and technology reviews). In 2023, JMIR Aging received an inaugural Journal Impact Factor™ of 4.9 (Source: Journal Citation Reports™ from Clarivate, 2023). JMIR Aging is indexed in PubMed, PubMed Central, MEDLINE, Sherpa/Romeo, DOAJ, Scopus, EBSCO/EBSCO Essentials, and the Emerging Sources Citation Index (Clarivate).

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Aging with Chronic Disease

Evidence-based programs (EBPs) for health promotion were developed to reach older adults where they live, work, pray, and play. When the COVID-19 pandemic placed a disproportionate burden on older adults living with chronic conditions and the community-based organizations that support them, these in-person programs shifted to remote delivery. While EBPs have demonstrated effectiveness when delivered in person, less is known about outcomes when delivered remotely.

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Health Services Research and Health Care Utilization in Older Patients

Cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) is an evidence-based, group psychosocial intervention for people with dementia, and it has a positive impact on cognition and quality of life. CST has been culturally adapted for use globally. It was developed as a face-to-face intervention but has recently been adapted for online delivery.

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Aging in Place

With the population aging, the number of people living with dementia is expected to rise, which, in turn, is expected to lead to an increase in the prevalence of missing incidents due to critical wandering. However, the estimated prevalence of missing incidents due to dementia is inconclusive in some jurisdictions and overlooked in others.

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Epidemiologic Studies and Surveys in Elder Care

The duration of sleep plays a crucial role in the development of physiological functions that impact health. However, little is known about the associations between sleep duration and functional disability among older adults in China.

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Mobile Devices and Apps for Seniors and Healthy Aging

Assistive technologies can help people living with dementia maintain their everyday activities. Nevertheless, there is a gap between the potential and use of these materials. Involving future users may help close this gap, but the impact on people with dementia is unclear.

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Internet Access and Digital Technology Use in an Elderly Population

There is growing evidence that telemedicine can improve the access to and quality of health care for nursing home residents. However, it is still unclear how to best manage and guide the implementation process to ensure long-term adoption, especially in the context of a decline in telemedicine use after the COVID-19 crisis.

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Physical Activity for Older People

Walking is important for maintaining physical and mental wellbeing in aged residential care (ARC). Walking behaviours are not well characterised in ARC due to inconsistencies in assessment methods and metrics, and limited research regarding the impact of care environment, cognition or physical function on these behaviours. It is recommended that walking behaviours in ARC are assessed using validated digital methods which can capture low volumes of walking activity.

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Social Media in Aging

Informal dementia caregivers are those who care for a person living with dementia (PLWD) without receiving payment (e.g., family members, friends, or other unpaid caregivers). These informal caregivers are subject to substantial mental, physical, and financial burdens. Online communities enable these caregivers to exchange caregiving strategies and communicate experiences with other caregivers whom they generally do not know in real life. Research has demonstrated the benefits of peer support in online communities, but they are limited in focusing merely on caregivers who are already online users.

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Internet Access and Digital Technology Use in an Elderly Population

During COVID-19 lockdowns older adults’ engagement in daily activities was severely affected, causing negative physical and mental health implications. Technology flourished as a means of performing daily activities in this complex situation, however, older adults often struggled to effectively use these opportunities. Despite the important role of older adults’ social environments—including their families and health professionals—in influencing their technology use, research into their unique perspectives is lacking.

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Physical Activity for Older People

The use of mobile apps has promoted physical activity levels. Recently, with an increasing number of older adults accessing the internet, app-based interventions may be feasible in older populations. Peer support–based interventions have become a common method for promoting health-related behavior change. To our knowledge, the feasibility of using digital peer support apps (DPSAs) to increase physical activity among older adults and its impact on physical activity and physical function have not been investigated.

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Frailty Detection, Assessment and Prediction

This viewpoint article, an article that represents the opinions of the authors’, discusses the barriers of developing a patient-oriented frailty website and their potential solutions. A patient-oriented frailty website is a virtual health resource where community-dwelling older adults and their caregiver can navigate to and answer a series of health related questions and receive an automated frailty / health evaluation with a summary fit-frail score. This information can then be shared with a healthcare professionals, to help with the understanding of health status prior to acute illness, as well as to screen and identify older adult individuals for frailty. Our viewpoints were drawn from two discussion sessions comprised of caregivers and care providers, and community-dwelling older adults. Our aim is to report that barriers of a patient-oriented frailty website include but are not limited to: its inherent restrictiveness to frail persons, concerns over data privacy, time commitment worries, and the need for health / lifestyle resources in addition to a summary score. For each barrier we discuss potential solutions and caveats to those solutions, including assistance from caregivers, hosting the website from a trusted source, reducing the number of health questions that need to be answered, and resources tailored to each users’ responses, respectively. In addition to screening and identifying frail older adults, a patient-oriented frailty website will help promote healthy aging in non-frail adults, encourage aging in place, support real-time monitoring, and enable personalized and preventative care.

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Assisted Living for the Elderly and Nursing Home Care

Because of the relationship between independent living and activities of daily living, care teams spend significant time managing assisted living residents’ toileting problems. Recently, the TrueLoo was developed as a connected toilet seat to automatically log and monitor toileting sessions.

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