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Critically Exploring Design and Technology for Aging: Refining and Reframing the Discussion

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Start : 10:00 AM Pacific
End : 11:00 AM Pacific

Walmart Sam's ClubPart of the “Disabilities in Aging: A Future Redesigned” Series, sponsored by WalMart


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Includes Complimentary CEUs

The wave of technological “magic bullets” for aging continues to build, but little is understood about the true utility of emerging solutions and their ramifications for individuals, families and society. Beyond basic challenges of usability and cost are the messy issues of self-determination, what it means to be interconnected in a meaningful way, and unintended consequences. By critically framing the use of technology in relation to these issues, we can develop a powerful framework for not just assessing emerging technologies, but more importantly, for refining the purpose and context of new solutions, which will lead to more useful and enjoyable tools. This webinar will provide a critical overview of some of the current and emerging trends in design and technology for aging, with a focus on creating a roadmap for near and mid-term potential and priorities. Topics will include aging-in-place, mobility, pathways to meaningful elder activity, wellness, intergenerational collaboration, co-design, validation techniques and scaling community-based programs such as dementia friendly cities.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Better identify the contexts that should be used to frame discussions around technological solutions related to aging;
  • Identify the problems technology may be able to solve for elders and develop concepts for new services and products;
  • Assess the claims of new technologies for aging based on the functional, historical, economic and cultural diversity of elders; and,
  • Describe how technologies geared toward aging may be used to either support or diminish autonomy.


Dan Gillette, Ed.M., is a research scientist at the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Berkeley.

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