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. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting 2022 Several members of the TechSAge team recently gathered in Indianapolis for the 2022 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Conference. For many, this event was the first in-person scientific conference since the pandemic began. The TechSAge Symposium on “Re-Imagining Aging with Disability through Technology” highlighted four of our projects and featured advisory board member Margaret Campbell as a discussant. There were also 3 other conference presentations by TechSAge students and staff at the event. Learn More Featured Article Potential of Digital Home Assistant Devices for Older Adults Voice-activated digital home assistants (DHA) like the Amazon Echo hold great potential to support the everyday home activities of older adults— and especially those with disabilities. However, there is a need to understand more about how these devices are perceived by this population. A new TechSAge article in Gerontechnology provides insights on the initial perceptions and use of DHA devices by older adults with disabilities. The research team introduced two different Amazon Echo form-factors to a group of older adults with and without disabilities, observed their initial use of the devices, and interviewed participants on their experiences. Older adults with no prior use of DHAs demonstrated positive initial attitudes toward the devices and were able to successfully use them following brief instruction. The authors identified potential usability issues and discussed how findings can drive the future design of DHAs to better meet the home-based needs of an aging population. Read the full article by Travis Kadylak, Kenneth Blocker, Christopher Kovac, and Wendy Rogers. Full Article Latest Publications Fall Prevention Mobile Technology for Falls Prevention in Older Adults Home Environment Design Understanding Home Activities Challenges of Older Adults Aging with Mobility Disabilities Research-Driven Guidelines Delivering Group Exercise Programs via Videoconferencing to Older Adults View All Publications Staff Spotlight: Katherine Hsieh Katherine Hsieh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Georgia State University. She completed her Ph.D. in 2020 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she was actively involved in the TechSAge Steady Wheels project, developing a customized falls risk application for wheeled device users. Katherine helped validate the smartphone accelerometry in measuring seated postural control and conducted usability of the app. Her research focuses on leveraging technology (i.e., wearable sensors, mobile health, virtual reality) to measure mobility in aging and chronic disease populations and to deliver interventions to prevent falls and improve functional independence. We are excited to have her on the TechSAge team once again! Fun fact: Katherine enjoys rock climbing and will be competing in an event next year where she will climb for 24 hours. Become a Research Participant! 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: TechSAge Participant Registry Survey Join Our Mailing List! Stay up-to-date on the latest TechSAge news by joining our mailing list.Sign Up 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).