PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP 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. PROGRAM OUTLINE: 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 www.NIHSeniorHealth.gov 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 www.NIHSeniorHealth.gov 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 gerontologists. TouchTown 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 2030. 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, FL. 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 seniors. 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 Break 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. Participants: 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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