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Technologies to Support Aging with Disability

Technologies to Support Aging with Disability

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging among People with Long-Term Disabilities (RERC TechSAge) is a collaborative grant center based at Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Georgia State University. Founded in 2013, TechSAge features multidisciplinary research, development, and training projects that are dedicated to understanding the needs of, and developing supportive technologies for, people aging with long-term vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities.

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TechSAge Talks: Developing a Wayfinding Support Robot

Meet Katie Driggs-Campbell—Her research in robotics and human-centric design converge in the Wayfinding Support Robot Project. Discover how her innovative approach aims to assist individuals with visual impairments, creating new pathways for inclusive navigation. 

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Featured Article

Facing the Dual Challenges of Caregiving While Aging with Disability

Many people aging with sensory and mobility disabilities experience challenges performing everyday activities and require assistance from others, such as friends, family, and paid service providers. However, these individuals may also be caregivers themselves. A new TechSAge article in Generations Now, a blog from the American Society on Aging, explores the experience of caregiving while aging with a disability. Highlighting findings from the Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) study, the article discusses the unique challenges these individuals may face, from difficulties with communication to noticing alerts. Learn more about high and low-tech solutions to support people aging with disability with caregiving tasks and ease their demands. Read the blog by Mina Raj, Elena Remillard, and Wendy Rogers.  

Latest Publications

Digital Assistants

Potential of Digital Home Assistant Devices for Older Adults

Fall Prevention

Mobile Technology for Falls Prevention in Older Adults

Home Environment Design

Understanding Home Activities Challenges of Older Adults Aging with Mobility Disabilities
Yan Tian Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight: Yan Tian

Yan Tian is graduate student in Human Computer Interaction at Georgia Tech. As a research assistant on the TechSAge Telewellness Technologies project, Yan has been actively involved in analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from the Tele Tai Chi clinical trial for older adults with mobility disabilities. Her work has primarily focused on user experience of participants in the Zoom-based exercise program. Yan’s research interests are at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction and User Experience for people with disabilities. Fun fact: Yan used her personal fitness tracking data to create a custom workout routine that incorporates data science to optimize her workout results.

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TechSAge research is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant numbers #90REGE0021 and #90REGE0006-01-00). 

NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).