The iSchool is excited to announce that Dr. Amanda Lazar is the PI at the University of Maryland on a research project entitled, “CHS: Small: Collaborative Research: Toolkits for Aging in Place for Older Retirees (TAIPOR)”, which has received an NSF Collaborative Grant. The grant, totalling $254,446, will be used to research user designed technology to support seniors aging at home.
Taken from the abstract: "The project will begin with studies and focus groups of retired adults to determine the kinds of technological support elders actually want in their homes. Next, the project will create an easy to use "toolkit" that will enable an elder to create and customize a system to use in their own home. Finally, the project will create training materials to help ordinary people learn to design these technologies. As a result, this project will lead to the development aging in place systems that better meet the needs of elders and find more widespread acceptance. In addition, project will bring together people of all ages to engage in intergenerational design, including a workshop where Girl Scouts will collaborate with their grandparents to learn about each others technology needs and utilize the toolkit."
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