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Technology and Health: Aging Safely and More Independently

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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.

Beyond the Data
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 as a public health concern
  • Challenges of using technologies
  • Receptivity of older adults to technology
Presented By
Lynda A. Anderson, PhD
Director, Healthy Aging Program
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC-SLP
Research Scientist, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
Georgia Institute of Technology
Brian Jones, MS EE
Senior Research Engineer, Interactive Media Technology Center
Georgia Institute of Technology
Leanne West, MS Physics, MS EE
Director, Landmarc Research Center, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Georgia Institute of Technology
Facilitated By
Tanja Popovic, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
John Iskander, MD, MPH
Deputy Scientific Director
Susan Laird, MSN, RN
Communications Director
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