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

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In the latest TechSAge podcast episode of Assistive Technology (AT) Update, produced by Easter Seals Crossroads, Ben Jacobs discusses smart home technologies and how they can be incorporated into a home in order to support aging-in-place. From smart bulbs to smart speakers, learn more about the latest devices to promote independence among people aging with disabilities and how users can choose and customize what’s right for them. You can also listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.

Female Wheelchair using Amazon echo

Featured Article:

Older adults with disabilities acquired in early to mid-life, who are aging with disability, represent an understudied population that is likely to be underserved. To help address this need, TechSAge investigators developed the TechSAge Minimum Battery, the first self-report health questionnaire designed to provide a holistic understanding the health and health needs of people aging with a disability. A new article in the Journal of Disability and Health provides an overview of the assessment and presents findings among a sample of people aging with long-term sensory and mobility disabilities (N=176). Results underscore the heterogeneity among people aging with disability the importance of capturing multi-dimensional factors inclusive of an individual’s capacity, context, and personal factors. Read the full article by Remillard, Griffiths, Mitzner, Sanford, Jones & Rogers.

Tracy Mitzner

Team Spotlight:

Dr. Tracy Mitzner is a co-director of the TechSAge center and serves as the Principal Investigator on R3 Telewellness Technologies project. Tracy is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (CIDI) at Georgia Tech, where her research interests focus on how technology can help older adults with disabilities stay physically and socially active. Learn more about Tracy.

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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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