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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: Prasanna Vuyyuru

Prasanna Vuyyuru is the TechSAge Project Coordinator, providing a wide variety of research and administrative support for the Center, from reporting to dissemination. She recently graduated from Illinois with a master’s degree in Public Health. As a graduate student, Prasanna worked as a research assistant in the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory, managed wellness programs at the Campus Recreation Center, and evaluated program effectiveness at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Her interests in healthy aging and oral health align with her commitment to enhancing community health through preventive measures, rigorous data analysis, and effective program coordination. Outside of work, Prasanna enjoys playing games and sketching.

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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:

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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).