A research framework to guide design of technologies for successful aging with disabilities

W. A. Rogers, T. L. Mitzner, J. A. Sanford

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Purpose: Adults with disabilities are living longer and thus likely to experience age-related declines that can negatively influence their independence and quality of life. Common abilities that decline with age are sensory (e.g., vision, hearing, tactile), physical (e.g., strength; dexterity), mobility (e.g., balance; coordination), and cognitive1. However, we do not have enough information about how normal age-related changes impact individuals who are already dealing with an existing disability (e.g., hearing, vision, or mobility impairment). The overarching goal of this project is to ensure the scientific foundation necessary for effective technology integration into the lives of older adults with disabilities. Method: We have developed a framework to guide research in this underrepresented area. Based on an assessment of the literature and large-scale questionnaire data (e.g., National Health and Aging Trends Study), we have identified the needs for research that can guide the design of technologies to support individuals aging with disabilities. Results & Discussion: Our framework is presented in Figure 1. Research in these areas will provide the converging evidence necessary to design integrated technology supports for older adults with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272
Number of pages1
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging with disabilities
  • Housing & daily activities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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