Friday, November 19, 2004
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM,
Maryland Suite C, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Sponsored by generous grant from INTEL Corporation

The Role of Technology in Promoting a Healthy Quality of Life for Older Americans
Co-Chairs: Mary Hamil Parker, Ph.D. and Roger W. Morrell, Ph.D.

Workshop Description:

The workshop is designed to answer the following questions: How can researchers on aging and the use of
technology, and health information providers combine efforts? How can existing Federal programs, such as SBIR
initiatives, stimulate the development of new technology applications and products to assist aging Americans and
their caregivers? The workshop will encourage collaboration between gerontological research and the developers of
technology applications by: 1) demonstrating web sites that have been launched successfully that have been
designed for use specifically by older adults, 2) demonstrating technology-based products now in the marketplace
that are designed for use by older adults, 3) discussing methods for funding research and development of technology
products, and 4) describing collaborative relationships between academic researchers and industry that have been
successful in creating and testing technology products now being offered for use by older adults.


Introduction: Mary Hamil Parker, Ph.D., Convener, GSA-TAG

9:00-10:45 AM

I. Web-based Products Specifically Designed for Use by Older Adults

    Overview: Katharina V. Echt, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Emory University and Rehabilitation & Development Center, VA
    Medical Center, Atlanta, GA

    Response to the web site.
    Stephanie R. Dailey, MA, Education Specialist, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, NIA.

    Description of Presentation: Ms. Dailey will describe the development of the web site and the
    health content presented. She will present new data on the use of the web site since its launch in October, 2003, including
    visitations and topics of greatest interest. In addition, she will discuss plans to add new content of interest to seniors and

    Jeff Pepper, President and CEO, Eldervision

    Description of Presentation: This presentation will focus on “TouchTown” Technology – an Internet-based system designed
    for use by older adults at home or in residential facilities. Mr. Pepper will describe the utilization of TouchTown by older
    consumers to obtain health and other types of information.
    Using the Internet for Alzheimer’s Care
    Michael Creedon, Ph.D.

    Description of Presentation: Dr. Creedon will present the results of a feasibility study of computer assisted support for
    family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, which was conducted in cooperation with Mountain Empire Older
    Citizens, Big Stone Gap, VA., a rural Area Agency on Aging.

    Discussant: David Burdick, Co-Convener, GSA-TAG, Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of
    Gerontological Studies at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

10:45 – 11:00 AM Break

11:00-12:30 AM

II. Technology Products for Use by Older Adults

    Overview: Marian Stoltz-Loike, Ph.D., CEO and President, SeniorThinking, LLC, Jamaica, NY.

    The MemoryWorks System
    Robert Rager, President, Compact Disc, Incorporated.

    Description of Presentation: This presentation will focus on Memory Enhancement CDs developed for use by older adults
    and individuals with cognitive impairments. The development of MemoryWorks was funded under a Small Business
    Innovation Research Grant from the National Institutes of Health.

    Developments in Robotic Technology for use with Older Adults
    Alexander Libin, Ph.D. and Elena Libin, Ph. D. , Robotic Psychology and Robotherapy Institute at Complex
    Interactive System Research, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD.

    Description of Presentation; This presentation will focus on the Robotic Psychology and Robotherapy with older adults,
    specifically “Max the Cat” with Alzheimer’s patients. Data will be presented on the responses of cognitively impaired persons
    to interaction with a robotic companion as a therapeutic intervention.

    Assistive Devices for Use of Persons with Low Vision
    Cynthia Stuen, DSW, Senior Vice President, Director, Lighthouse Center for Education, Lighthouse International.

    Description of Presentation : This presentation will focus on the development of adaptive hardware and software for persons
    with low vision in order to increase accessibility to online information. For the one in five older adults who report a problem
    with their vision, the ability to use emerging technology hinges on careful attention to accessibility and universal design.
    Presently, approximately 7 million persons over age 65 report a vision impairment, this number is expected to double by

    Discussant: Connie Dresser, RDPH, LN, Program Director, Multimedia Technology &
    Health Communication Grants, Behavioral Research Program,National Cancer Institute.

    Discussant: Susan Van Hemel, Ph.D., Adaptive Aging Study Director, National Research Council, Washington, D.C.

12:30 – 1:30 PM LUNCH BREAK
1:30 – 3:30 PM

III. Innovative Technologies for Healthy Environments for Elderly

    Overview: Eric Dishman, Director, Proactive Health Research, Intel Corporation

    Developing and Testing Automated ADL Monitoring for the Elderly
    Anthony P. Glascock, Ph.D. and David Kutzik, Ph.D., Behavioral Informatics, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

    Description of Presentation: This presentation will review research which illustrates the important goals which must be
    achieved to develop a successful technology to provide clear and accurate information about an individual’s performance of
    functional tasks in the home environment—e.g. getting out of bed, preparing meals, using the bathroom, taking medication.
    The primary goal is a behavioral monitoring system which enables and supports independence for elderly, which is usable
    and acceptable for both the individual monitored and the caregivers and professionals working to support that frail person in
    their own home.

    Cognitive Assistance Through Technology.
    William C. Mann, OTR, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy; Director, Ph.D. Program
    in Rehabilitation Science. Title of Presentation: Cognitive Assistance through Technology. : Sumi Helal, Ph.D.,
    Professor,Department of Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville,

    Description of Presentation: This paper will review research and development worldwide on devices and systems to assist
    people with dementia, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease, in completing simple activities of daily living. While
    underlying technology approaches differ, most devices / systems being developed assist through prompting people with
    dementia through tasks. Research at the University of Florida has focused on the feasibility of prompting through a
    machine. Results suggest that people with Alzheimer’s disease and with MMSE scores as low as 12 respond very well to
    verbal prompts delivered through an audio (speaker) system, but generally do not attend to visual cues offered on a
    monitor. The University of Florida Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Technology for Successful Aging has
    also developed the “electronic architecture” that can provide prompting assistance in their Gator-Tech Smart House.

    Collaborations with the Center for Aging Services Technology and Aging Research
    Lisa Gaudet, Manager Remote Care Technology, Northeast Health, Troy, NY.

    This session will describe the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), recently organized by the American
    Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. CAST focuses on the application of technology and particularly the policy
    issues that will impact how technology will be used successfully and priced effectively to provide aging services. CAST has
    successfully brought together researchers, technology developers, aging service providers and government representatives.
    Attendees will learn how gerontology community could interact with CAST and actively participate in the CAST
    clearinghouse web site and submit research information to share with the larger aging and technology audiences.

    SALUS concept: Combining smart home solutions with personal care and assistance in private housing for
    Sidsel Bjoerneby (Oslo, Norway), Human Factors Consultant and Director

    Description of Presentation: In Norway there is increasing focus on how to meet the needs of elderly people through the use
    of technology to support independent living. National efforts and funding have resulted in hundreds of new flats with smart
    home technology, that support safety and security to a varying degree, depending on how well it is integrated with municipal
    care service. Based on the experiences in these developments, a need has emerged to implement technology in private
    new or existing houses with personal assistance implemented in parallel. Through this combination, the SALUS concept is
    setting up a company where personal assistants can help to optimize and adapt the technology for the users, as well as
    using the technology to optimize their own activities, shopping, services, co-operation with municipal care service and
    telemedicine, supporting safety and security, comfort, independence, social interaction and energy conservation. The users
    would pay an initial fee that covers a basic installation and a set number of hours personal assistance per month. Those
    who desire, can choose from a list which additional technology and personal service they want. A service centre will co-
    ordinate the SALUS service and personnel, also using new technology to optimize the service. The plan is that
    the SALUS organisation has started during the fall of 2004.

    Discussant: C. David Ward, Resident Curator, Future Home, Baltimore, MD.

    Discussant: Professor Anthea Tinker, Professor of Social Gerontology,Age Concern Institute of Gerontology,King's
    College London.

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm

3:45 – 4:15 pm

IV. Sources of Technology Development Funding

    The SBIR/STTR Funding Programs
    Jo Anne Goodnight,NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator.

    Description of Presentation: JoAnne Goodnight will discuss the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small
    Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities available explicitly to small businesses that have innovative
    biomedical or behavioral research ideas with commercial potential. Approximately $630 million has been reserved for
    funding Biomedical/Behavioral research projects initiated by small businesses. Ms. Goodnight will highlight SBIR projects
    which have utilized technology and included collaboration with aging research centers. NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni has
    outlined a “Roadmap” for the NIH research agenda. Ms. Goodnight will identify how the Roadmap initiatives relate to the
    SBIR/STTR programs. She will provide tips on submitting a successful application.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Experience of Getting from Research to Market

    Moderator: Mary Hamil Parker, Ph.D.


    o   Barbara J. Holt, Ph.D. CEO and President, GeroTech Corporation, Reston, VA. SBIR Grant Recipient.
    o   Laila Vehvilainen, Principal Investigator, HEALTHVision, Boston, MA., SBIR Grant project director.
    o   George E. Boyajian, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, Strategy, Research and Development, Living Independently,
        Inc., New York, N.Y. Private Investor commercializing technology application.

5:15 – 5:30pm

Final Remarks: Roger W. Morrell, Ph.D., Director of Research, GeroTech Corporation Alexandria, VA.

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