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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 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 vision, hearing, and mobility disabilities.

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Summer 2021 TechSAge Newsletter Now Available

In this issue of TechSAge News, we take a look back at the past year to highlight achievements and updates from the Center. Learn more about our featured projects and staff, and catch up on the latest events, publications, and study opportunities.

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Featured Article

The Apple Watch is a popular smartwatch that includes a number of health monitoring features, from tracking steps to heart rate. Recent versions of the Apple Watch include a fall detection feature. In a new TechSAge publication in Assistive Technology, researchers explored whether or not the device can accurately detect falls among wheelchair users. To do so, researchers conducted trials in which able bodied participants intentionally fell from wheelchairs in different directions while wearing the watch in a laboratory setting. Findings revealed that the Apple Watch fall detection feature had poor sensitivity to detect intentional falls from a wheelchair. Article from Abou et al., available upon request.

Latest Publications

The Validity, Reliability, and Sensitivity

of a Smartphone-based Seated Postural Control Assessment in Wheelchair Users

Design for One is Design for All

The Past, Present, and Future of Universal Design as a Strategy for Ageing-in-Place with Disability

Defining Aging in Place:

The Intersectionality of Space, Person, and Time.
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Staff Spotlight: Travis Kadylak

Travis Kadylak, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Human Factors & Aging Laboratory at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for the TechSAge R2 and D4 projects, which are aimed at developing and testing capabilities for voice-activated digital assistants, like Amazon’s Alexa, to support older adults with mobility disabilities at home. His general research interests include human-robot interaction and emerging smart home technology that can support health and well-being for users across the life-course. Outside of work, Travis enjoys spending his time doing activities outdoors – especially golfing, exercising, running, and cooking over an open fire with friends. 

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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.

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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).