CDAIT Researchers active at American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference
Posted April 13, 2023
CDAIT researchers were busy the last week of March during the annual American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference, held in Atlanta this year. Paul M.A. Baker, Sarah Farmer and Nathan W. Moon ran a workshop, “Learning To See: Participatory Workshop on Technologies of Inclusion, Enhanced Aging, and the Impact of Policy” that had more than 100 participants. The March 28th workshop provided an introduction and overview of the social and policy perspectives related to engagement and participation by the aging as well as people with disabilities, and discussed the impact of technology in maintaining independence and engagement. Inclusive and assistive technologies were covered as well as real world design, solutions and implementation. The workshop included a practical exercise in which attendees were able to explore how actual technology design works.
Secondly, An ASA sponsored field trip was hosted on March 30th by CACP’s Executive Director Dr. Brad Fain, with presentation on the HomeLab by, Sarah Farmer and Brenna Phelps. Finally the group toured Georgia Tech’s Aware Home with Director Brian Jones. The sold-out event, Integrating Older Adults Into Research and Tech at Georgia Tech, covered how the university integrates older adults into its research and tech design. Specifically, how Georgia Tech’s HomeLab initiative brings together a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers with a community of older adults interested in participating in research to develop innovative technologies that promote health, wellness and independence for older adults living at home. Secondly, a visit was made to the Aware Home, a three-story, 5,040-square-foot facility that fosters research while providing an authentic home-like environment.