OBM Geriatrics is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. The journal takes the premise that innovative approaches – including gene therapy, cell therapy, and epigenetic modulation – will result in clinical interventions that alter the fundamental pathology and the clinical course of age-related human diseases. We will give strong preference to papers that emphasize an alteration (or a potential alteration) in the fundamental disease course of Alzheimer’s disease, vascular aging diseases, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, skin aging, immune senescence, and other age-related diseases.

Geriatric medicine is now entering a unique point in history, where the focus will no longer be on palliative, ameliorative, or social aspects of care for age-related disease, but will be capable of stopping, preventing, and reversing major disease constellations that have heretofore been entirely resistant to interventions based on “small molecular” pharmacological approaches. With the changing emphasis from genetic to epigenetic understandings of pathology (including telomere biology), with the use of gene delivery systems (including viral delivery systems), and with the use of cell-based therapies (including stem cell therapies), a fatalistic view of age-related disease is no longer a reasonable clinical default nor an appropriate clinical research paradigm.

Precedence will be given to papers describing fundamental interventions, including interventions that affect cell senescence, patterns of gene expression, telomere biology, stem cell biology, and other innovative, 21st century interventions, especially if the focus is on clinical applications, ongoing clinical trials, or animal trials preparatory to phase 1 human clinical trials.

Papers must be clear and concise, but detailed data is strongly encouraged. The journal publishes a variety of article types (Original Research, Review, Communication, Opinion, Comment, Conference Report, Technical Note, Book Review, etc.). There is no restriction on the length of the papers and we encourage scientists to publish their results in as much detail as possible.

Publication Speed (median values for papers published in 2023): Submission to First Decision: 5.7 weeks; Submission to Acceptance: 17.9 weeks; Acceptance to Publication: 7 days (1-2 days of FREE language polishing included)

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Special Issue

Aging and Technology Use in the Era of Digitization and Automation

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2025 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Bartolomeo Sapio, PhD, Project Manager and Senior Researcher

Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Italy

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Research Interests: User aspects; Technology acceptance; Digital services; Digitization of public administration; Human factors; Technology for elderly people; Healthy and active aging; Electronic health record

About This Topic

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) (including personal computers / tablets /smartphones, ambient and wearable sensors, dedicated web portals and digital platforms, dedicated apps and social platforms, AI and digital markers, domotics, Internet-of-Things, virtual reality, big data and data analytics, simulation, assistive robots) provides a plethora of opportunities for promoting healthy and independent aging, for getting better assistance, for increasing quality of life for elderly people. ICT addresses different important issues for the elderly, such as: physical and mental wellbeing, communication and engagement, emergency assistance, early detection of disease, health status tele-monitoring, connection with healthcare professionals, sensory decline, stabilization of cognitive functioning. Even when real benefits are made available by ICT, several barriers still exist against full acceptance and actual utilisation of ICT by elderly people, barriers like lack of basic skills required to use and interact with technology, lack of access to services, inadequate ICT service performance, costs to be incurred, rejection attitudes, cultural and privacy issues. This Special Issue welcomes contributions focusing on, but not limited to, benefits of ICT use, barriers against ICT use, new solutions to promote ICT acceptance and use by elderly people. A variety of papers are acceptable: research articles, reviews, communications, technical notes.


Active and assisted living; Aging and technology; Barriers against ICT use; Elderly people; Healthy aging; ICT acceptance; ICT benefits; ICT use

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (geriatrics@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

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Open Access Research Article

AI Literacy for an Ageing Workforce: Leveraging the Experience of Older Workers

Received: 02 March 2023;  Published: 25 July 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2303243


This study delves into the potential benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) literacy training for late-career-stage workers approaching retirement. These workers often possess extensive experience but may lack the necessary digital and AI skills. AI literacy training can empower them to leverage their experience and become proficient contrib [...]
Open Access Research Article

Older People and the Construction of Virtual Identities in the Digital Culture

Received: 06 February 2023;  Published: 10 May 2023;  doi: 10.21926/obm.geriatr.2302235


This research study addresses certain theoretical issues surrounding the relationship between digital technologies, the aging population, and identity. At the same time, it offers a conceptual proposal of indicators of the social inclusion of older people in the digital culture of society as a potential starting point for further empirical [...]