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Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place

Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place

The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for 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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2022 Stretch Robot Pitch Competition

The 2022 Stretch Robot Pitch Competition at Georgia Tech, sponsored by TechSAge RERC, in collaboration with Hello Robot and AI-CARING, is seeking innovative and creative hardware or software solutions to support individuals aging with disabilities by using the Stretch™ robot. Developed by Hello Robot, Stretch is an open-source mobile manipulator with reaching, grasping, and sensing capabilities to support people with a wide range of tasks. The competition is open to all students at Georgia Tech. Enter by November 22 to win cash prizes!

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Featured Article

Mobile Technology for Falls Prevention in Older Adults

A new TechSAge article was published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences in a special issue on Novel Engineering Approaches to Enhance Mobility in Older Adults. The paper, by Katherine Hsieh, Lingjun Chen, and Jacob Sosnoff, reviews the evidence for using mobile technology, like smart phones and tablets, for personalized fall risk assessment and prevention for older adults. The article highlights lessons learned from current research, including evaluations of 7 falls risk applications, and discusses future directions for how mobile technology could be optimized to be an effective community-based tool for falls risk assessment and prevention. Full article available upon request.

Latest Publications

A Qualitative Study

Insights on an Automated Fall Detection Device Designed for Older Adult Wheelchair and Scooter Users

Transportation Challenges

For Persons Aging with Mobility Disability:  Qualitative Insights and Policy Implications

User Attitudes and Implementation

Requirements of a Tele-Exercise Intervention for People Aging with Lower Body Mobility Impairment
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Staff Spotlight: Husna Hussaini

Husna Hussaini is a Sociology and Molecular and Cellular Biology student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is a research assistant at the Human Factors and Aging Lab. Husna supports the TechSAge voice-activated digital assistants research and development projects, playing a key role in developing instructional materials to support older adult users in setting up and using these devices. Based on her experience working on this project, Husna is currently writing an Honors Thesis that seeks to understand the knowledge that older adults possess regarding digital home assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa, and their privacy and security while using them. Husna’s research interests are focused on the potential of technology to transform healthcare literacy, health self-management, and access to care. In her free time, Husna enjoys playing the clarinet, an instrument she has played for 10 years.

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We maintain a registry of names of people who are interested in being contacted about research studies. Opportunities include: surveys, focus groups, interviews, and technology evaluations. Depending on the study, you may be able to participate on the phone, online, on campus, at your home, or in other locations.

Interested in joining? We need to ask a you a few questions about yourself to see which studies you might be eligible for and match your interests with our researchers. Complete the brief survey (5-10 minutes) online here:

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

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