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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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In this issue of TechSAge News, we are highlighting our recent events, staff, projects, publications and more. Follow along to learn more about our most recent happenings!

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:

Harshal Mahajan, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor at the College of Applied Health Sciences at Illinois and serves as the Assistant Director of Research for the McKechnie Family LIFE Home.  

As a part of the Monitoring and Managing falls project, Harshal is involved with clinical assessment of wheelchair falls and assists with developing algorithms that will help develop a wheelchair fall detection system. Previously, he was involved with the Smart Bathroom project with clinical assessment of bathroom transfers. His research interests include: smart living environments, smart assistive technologies, virtual and augmented reality rehabilitation interventions. Learn more about Harshal. 

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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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