Gerontechnology Workshop Presented at Aging in America 2011-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Gerontechnology Workshop Presented at Aging in America 2011-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Gerontechnology Workshop Presented at Aging in America 2011

On Saturday, April 30, Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley (CMUSV) Professor Patricia Collins co-led a workshop entitled “Embedding Personal Health in a Social Context” at the Aging in America Conference held in San Francisco. The conference has an extremely large and diverse audience. Participants include gerontechnologists, medical personnel, social workers, academics, senior living directors, and older adults.

The workshop focused on the findings of two current research projects in which CMUSV has worked closely with start-up Kinnexxus in order to confirm the feasibility of integrating home health sensors with an elder-friendly, computer-based communication system. The workshop relied on persona and scenario development, two techniques that Professor Collins uses in her Requirements Engineering course. In the workshop, teams of participants created visual representations of scenarios, which they presented to the other participants, with their identification of key technology needs for elders with health challenges.

“Through two grants from the National Institute on Aging,” says Professor Collins, “CMUSV has been able to conduct gerontechnology research that we hope will improve the health of older adults who are living independently.” Learn more about CMUSV research programs in the area of gerontechnology.