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RERC on Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities

An interdisciplinary collaboration between Georgia Tech and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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 the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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 disabilities. 

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Georgia Tech Alumni magazine takes a look at life at Georgia Tech before and after the Americans with Disabilities Act. The article, featuring our very own Liz Persaud, highlights historical progress toward inclusion and accessibility for students and staff on campus. Persaud is quoted, "Our students see that a person with a disability also has a brain, a personality, and similar interests in common...They’re valuable and they have something to say and, you know, let’s have smart, intelligent conversations about changing the world together.” Read the full article.

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Featured Article:

‘Aging in Place’ is widely used to describe older adults remaining in their homes and communities, but the term is not defined consistently across disciplines or contexts. A broader, consistent definition of Aging in Place has the potential to guide interdisciplinary research and design collaborations to expand future programs, tools, technologies, services, and policies to support older communities. A new open access article in Innovation in Aging reviews the term Aging in Placeto understand specifically how it has been defined across disciplines to develop a shared definition inclusive of space, person, and time. Read the full article by Wendy Rogers, Widya Ramadhani, and Maurita Harris.

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Staff Spotlight:

Elena Remillard is a Research Scientist at the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at Georgia Tech. Elena is a masters-level gerontologist who serves as both the Project Coordinator and an investigator for TechSAge. As the Project Coordinator, she manages communications, reporting, events, recruitment, and community outreach for the center. On the R1 User Needs and R3 Telewellness Technologies projects, Elena has been actively involved in all stages of research from study design to data analysis. Her specific research interests include design and technology for aging-in-place, technology acceptance among older adults, and tele-exercise. Elena is a wine and coffee enthusiast who enjoys spending her free time hiking with her dog and husband, reading, fishing, and practicing yoga. 

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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). 
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