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Technology for Older Adults
Adaptations, Tools, and Apps to Make Life Easier
Many older adults face increasing challenges in performing everyday tasks and creating a safe home environment. How can individuals who wish to stay in their homes, and those who support them, make use of simple tips, tricks, devices, and tools to make life easier? This hands-on, interactive workshop will address both low-tech and high-tech solutions that promote independence for older adults, including low-cost, on-the-fly fabrications and modifications, as well as iPad apps and adaptations.
Technologies that will be discussed and demonstrated include solutions for:
- Reducing slips and falls
- Minimizing back injury
- Using only one hand
- Maximizing grip
- Promoting memory and organization
- Addressing vision and hearing disabilities
Who Should Attend:
Direct support professionals, case managers, social workers, health care providers, nurses, clinicians, long term care specialists, assistive technology specialists, family members, and older adult consumers are encouraged to attend.
Presenter(s): Therese Willkomm
Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., ATP, directs the NH Statewide Assistive Technology (AT) Program with the Institute on Disability, is a clinical assistant professor in the University of New Hampshire Department of Occupational Therapy, and coordinates the graduate certificate in AT and the disability studies minor. Known internationally as “The MacGyver of Assistive Technology” and more recently as an expert in iPad modifications and apps for individuals with disabilities, Dr. Willkomm has provided AT services for over 28 years and authored 22 publications.