Increasing the opportunities for aging in place

Elizabeth D. Mynatt, Irfan Essa, Wendy Rogers

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A growing social problem in the U.S. and elsewhere is supporting older adults who want to continue living independently as opposed to moving to an institutional care setting. The "Aging in Place" project strives to delay taking that first step away from the family home. Through the careful placement of technological support we believe older adults can continue living in their own homes longer. The goal of our research is to take a three-pronged approach to understanding the potential of such environmental supports. The research team combines expertise in human-computer-interaction, computational perception, and cognitive aging. Together the team is assessing the feasibility of designing environments that aid older individuals in maintaining their independence. Based on our initial research, we are dividing this work into three parts: Recognizing and adverting crisis, assisting daily routines, and supporting peace of mind for adult children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Conference on Universal Usability
EditorsJ. Scholtz, J. Thomas
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1581133146, 9781581133141
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the Conference on Universal Usability - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Nov 16 2000Nov 17 2000

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Conference on Universal Usability


OtherProceedings of the Conference on Universal Usability
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA


  • Aging
  • Awareness
  • Cognitive aging
  • Computational perception
  • Home
  • Ubiquitous computing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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