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Transitions in Aging

Aging in Place

Assistive Technology

Examples of areas where assistive technology can make a difference:

  • Writing
  • Organizational/Task Management
  • Vision
  • Time Management/Distraction Free
  • Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition
  • Hearing
  • Research
  • Reading
  • Communication
  • Note taking
  • Study Skills/Aids
  • Mind Mapping/Brain Storming
  • Accessibility


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Notes and References

Supports can come from people as well as adapted materials and equipment.



Assistive technology, or AT, is a tool, device or service that help us live as independently as possible for as long as possible.1 AT can help us do things like dress, eat, walk, talk, hear, read, or control things in our environment such as a radio or a thermostat.1 Some research suggests that AT can help us feel better about participating in activities, help us feel accomplished and relieve some stress from our caregivers.2 It feels good when we can perform activities of daily living by ourselves! Therefore, in order to stay at our home as long as we wish, we should consider making some home modifications, as well as meet with assistive technology specialists to discuss devices that we can use to improve our functional capabilities.

Visit the Retirement 2 module to learn benefits of using assistive technology and how it can help us remain independent in the community.

References:

  1. Hess, J., & Gutierrez, A. M. Family information guide to assistive technology and transition planning: Planned transitions are smooth transitions. Retrieved from http://www.ctdinstitute.org/library/2014-10-20/family-information-guide-assistive-technology-and-transition-planning
  2. Mortenson, W. B., Demers, L., Fuhrer, M., Jutai, J., Lenker, J., & DeRuyter, F. (2013). Effects of an assistive technology intervention on older adults with disabilities and their informal caregivers: An exploratory randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 92(4), 297-306.