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Articles, Publications and Resources
re: Assistive Technology
for People who are Elderly

 

 

Articles & Publications:

  • Assistive Technology and Aging – A Handbook for Virginians Who are Aging and Their Caregivers
    As we age, we may find it harder to climb stairs, drive cars, or remember what day of the week it is. Despite the challenges of aging, however, most of us want to continue with activities we have always enjoyed. We intend to be independent and live comfortably in our own homes for as long as possible. Assistive technology is a powerful tool for achieving these goals.
  • Assistive Technology for Seniors and People With Disabilities
    Many kinds of disabilities exist, so many kinds of assistive technology have been created to help people overcome a great range of disabilities. Some kinds of assistive technology are described herein. 
  • Devices that matter most for the elderly and disabled (2/14/16)
    Practical tools, some low, some higher technologies,are becoming increasingly necessary to the many people who are living longer due to better healthcare. Similar devices are used by people with disabilities, allowing them to live more autonomously and participate in their communities. However, such tools are not readily available everywhere. 
  • High-Tech Devices Keep Elderly Safe From Afar (NY Times – 5-25-08)
    First thing every morning, Lynn Pitet, of Cody, Wyo., checks her computer to see whether her mother, Helen Trost, has gotten out of bed, taken her medication and whether she is moving around inside her house hundreds of miles away in Minnesota.
  • PARO Robot: Ethical or Not (Telecareaware – 7-22-10)
    Is this $6000 Class II medical device a comforting, interactive emotional support for older people, particularly those with dementia–or an inhumane diversion that relegates humans to mundane tasks and away from emotional connection with residents?
  • Physical Therapists Prescribe Wii Time (Reuters – Dec. 6, 2007)
    An occupational therapist is convinced that the Nintendo game could help patients build balance, coordination, endurance and upper and lower body strength.
  • Sensors Help Keep the Elderly Safe, and at Home (New York Times – 2/12/09)
    Bertha Branch, 78, discovered the power of a system called eNeighbor when she fell to the floor of her Philadelphia apartment late one night without her emergency alert pendant and could not phone for help.
  • Technology Can Help Seniors Stay in Homes (Aging and Disability in America – 8/26/10)
    NPR continued its series on seniors aging at home. Part two examined a company called Adaptive Home, "one of a growing number of startups that use monitoring technology to revolutionize elder care. These companies are also betting on a big market as the baby boomers enter old age. Chris Bridgers says a basic package includes about a dozen motion sensors placed strategically around a house. They can provide adult children with a stunningly detailed rundown of a parent's day."
  • Technology that Helps Seniors Stay at Home (Business Week)
    As Baby Boomers retire, companies as varied as GE, Philips, and Nintendo are working on technology that helps seniors stay at home and remain independent.
  • Technologies to Help Older Adults Maintain Independence (Aging and Disability in America – 10/29/09)
    This paper is intended to inform potential grant applicants and other key stakeholders, including older adults, health and social service practitioners, technology vendors, payers, policy makers/regulators, and The SCAN Foundation about technologies that are ready to be quickly taken to scale.
  • The Medicine Cabinet of the Future (Popsi.com)
    Your future medicine cabinet will integrate home, pharmacy and doctor's office into a digital health network.
  • What is Assistive Technology?
    Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Resources:

  • Aging in Place Technology Watch
    A market research firm that provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice.
  • Assistive Technology News
    Independence through technology.
  • Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST)
    Leading the charge to expedite the development, evaluation and adoption of emerging technologies that can improve the aging experience.
  • Disabled and Elderly Assistive Technologies in the U.S.
    Assistive technology products are products designed to assist people who, because of specific disabilities or the general infirmities that often accompany old age, would otherwise be unable to participate meaningfully in economic, social, political, cultural, and other forms of human activity in their communities.

Products:

  • EATWELL 
    Eating should be a simple task for most people. However, the cognitive and various sensory impairments of Alzheimer’s may result in a variety of eating problems. Eatwell is a tableware set for people with cognitive impairments, such as Alzheimer's.