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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.

Saahithya Gowrishankar

Staff Spotlight:

Saahithya Gowrishankar is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in Global Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She works as an undergraduate research assistant at the Human Factors and Aging Laboratory. On TechSAge, Saahithya is helping to create instructional guides for health applications on the Amazon Echo Show as part of the D4 project. She is also assisting with data analysis and support for the R1 ACCESS study, which explores the everyday activity challenges experienced by older adults with long-term disabilities. Her research interests include improving the quality of patient care, reducing global health disparities, and documenting the impact of culture on medicine. Saahithya spends her free time running, studying interior design, and baking chocolate-chip cookies.  

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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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