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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

Everyday Challenges for Individuals Aging with Vision Impairment

A new TechSAge article in The Gerontologist explores the challenges older adults with long-term vision impairment experience performing a wide variety of instrumental activities of daily living, from shopping to managing health. Interview data from the Aging Concerns, Challenges, and Everyday Solution Strategies (ACCESS) study revealed detailed insights about participants’ most difficult activities and the nature of the challenges they experience. Researchers identify challenge themes (i.e., vision limitations, need for assistance from others, technology issues, lack of accessibility, transportation barriers) and discuss how un-met support needs present opportunities for technology design and innovation.  

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
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Staff Spotlight: Camryn Lynn

Camryn Lynn will be graduating from Illinois with a Master's in Health Technology this summer. Her career goal is to design and implement home health technologies for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Camryn is a graduate research assistant in the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory. On TechSAge, she supports qualitative analyses for the ACCESS user needs study, exploring the everyday challenges of people aging with multiple sclerosis (MS). She is conducting her own analysis focused on technology use and challenges for this population and is developing a series of tip sheets for consumers. Fun fact: Camryn is a certified first responder as well as an internet-ordained minister. 

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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 numbers #90REGE0021 and #90REGE0006-01-00). 

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