Assistive Technologies, Aging, and Disability: Institute of Medicine Workshop on Dec. 19


The Institute of Medicine will host a workshop to explore existing and emerging technologies that can improve the ability of disabled and older Americans to live independently, work, and participate actively in their communities. More than 80 percent of older Americans have at least one chronic condition and more than 40 million Americans cope with disability as a result of illness, accident, or an inherited condition. These numbers are expected rise as the baby boom generation ages.


The workshop will feature:

·  A video from LeadingAge demonstrating how assistive technologies can help individuals regain and maintain their 

· Discussion of “smart homes,” workplace accommodations, and the role of computer-based technologies

· Keynote address on the promise and potential of technology by Geoff Fernie, vice president for research, Toronto 
  Rehabilitation Institute

· Keynote address on moving ideas from the lab into the living room by Joseph Coughlin, director of AgeLab,
  Massachusetts Institute of Technology



The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Room 100 of the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Those who cannot attend may watch a live video webcast that will be available on Registration and an agenda are available online at For more information, contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail