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Technology and Health: Aging Safely and More Independently

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., EDT

Photo: Group of five older adults

Viewers learned how technology, including the proliferation of new technologies, is being designed and tested to help older adults remain healthy and live independently. We live in a time when the growth in the number and proportion of older adults is unprecedented in the history of the United States. By 2030, there will be 72 million older adults in the United States and they will account for roughly 20% of the U.S. population. Multiple chronic diseases place them at risk of frailty and loss of independence with increasing age.

This session of Grand Rounds explored how technology can help support older adults to live safely and independently as long as possible. The session included a discussion of the opportunities and challenges presented through technology in promoting optimal aging.


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In this Beyond the Data, Dr. Tanja Popovic and Dr. Lynda Anderson discuss aging and technology and how technology can help older adults age safely and independently:

  • Aging population is a public health problem
  • Challenges of using technologies
  • Receptivity of older adults to technology

Presented By

Public Health and an Aging Society
Lynda A. Anderson, PhD
Director, Healthy Aging Program
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Supportive Design Strategies to Facilitate Function, Independence, and Safety
Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC-SLP
Research Scientist, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Georgia Institute of Technology

Researching Technologies for Healthy Aging
Brian Jones, MS EE
Senior Research Engineer, Interactive Media Technology Center
Georgia Institute of Technology

Individual-Centered Technology
Leanne West, MS Physics, MS EE
Director, Landmarc Research Center, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Associate Director, Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Georgia Institute of Technology

Facilitated By

Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
John Iskander, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Manager, Public Health Grand Rounds

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