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

An interdisciplinary collaboration with 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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The first two TechSAge Amazon Echo User Guides are now available. The Basic Uses user guide is a useful and easy-to-use tool with key information to help you use your Amazon Echo device to its full potential, from learning common voice commands to resolving potential problems. Setting Up provides step-by-step, visual instructions to help you successfully set up your Amazon Echo device so it can be properly used to perform the actions or tasks that you want to do. Learn about the various Echo products, how to set up your Alexa account, and more, so you can gain the most benefits from these smart and connected technologies.

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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.

Qiong (Tina) Nie

Staff Spotlight:

Qiong (Tina) Nie is a doctoral student in the Department of Applied Health Science at Illinois. As a Graduate Research Assistant in the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory, Tina is involved in a number of TechSAge research activities, including both qualitative and quantitative user needs research efforts. Her research interests include promoting health-related behavior change with smart technologies, human factors in health care, health self-management activities, and technology design for older adults. Learn more about Tina.

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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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