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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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Congrats to our TechSAge 2020 graduates!

Alyse Bondarowicz, BS Interdisciplinary Health (UIUC)
Jordan Chen, MS Human Computer Interaction (Georgia Tech)
Mikaela Frechette, MS Kinesiology (UIUC)
Jordan Hartley, MS Public Health (Emory University)
Christopher Kovac, BS Computer Science (UIUC)
Adithi Murthy, BS in Industrial Engineering (UIUC)
Megan Sebahar,  BS Community Health (UIUC)
Yohta Shimizu, MS Library & Information Science (UIUC)

Man using walker in kitchen

Featured Article:

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects roughly 2.3 million individuals worldwide – many of whom experience walking impairments. Many traditional measures to quantify walking, such as self-reports and in-lab observations and performance tests, do not fully characterize walking in the real-world. Wearable technology may provide a solution to the limitations of current clinical and lab-based measures for people with MS. A new review article by grad student Mikaela Frechette, Dr. Jake Sosnoff & colleagues in Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports, finds that wearable technology has the ability to provide objective, comprehensive, and sensitive measures of gait in people with MS by enabling easy and continuous remote gait quality monitoring that can take place outside a typical lab. Read the full article by Frechette, Meyer, Tulipani, Gurchiek, McGinnis, & Sosnoff. Mikaela was granted her MS in Kinesiology (May 2020) for her thesis entitled “The validity, reliability, and sensitivity of a smartphone-based seated postural control assessment in wheelchair users”, as part of the SteadyWheels project.

Staff Spotlight:

Alyse Bondarowicz recently graduated from Illinois with a BS in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. As a Research Assistant in the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory, she has been involved with several TechSAge projects, assisting researchers with qualitative data analysis, tech reports, and online survey building. Alyse will be pursuing a master’s degree in social work at the University of Iowa with a focus in aging/longevity and end-of-life care. Learn more about Alyse.

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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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