August Newsletter

Released the week of 8/30/10

Innovation and Technology in Health Care

Recently, Aneesh Chopra, the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, spoke to a national audience at the Commonwealth Club concerning the administration’s strategy to embrace innovation and technology as major tools to improve the health care of Americans. Center Blog

Technology Review: Assistive Technology for Functional Improvement

With an upsurge in longevity, a growing population of older adults and an association between age and disability, the need for assistive technologies is expected to increase dramatically. This technology review focuses on assistive technologies that help older adults with physical, sensory and communications challenges to maintain independence and live safely at home or in other community-based settings. The review describes four types of challenges that may be mitigated by assistive technologies: 1) physical or mobility challenges, including falls, 2) hearing impairment, 3) vision impairment, and 4) communication and information-access challenges. The Technology Review Discussion Draft is being circulated for comments. Technology Review

Fact Sheet: Highlights from the Post-Acute Care Transitions (PACT) Position Paper Discussion Draft
This easy to distribute Post-Acute Care Transitions fact sheet is a great way to educate providers, caregivers, policymakers, older adult living facilities workforce, and health care leaders around the current state of technologies used to enhanced post-acute care transitions. Fact Sheet

Webinar: The SCAN Foundation Technology Summit and Grant Initiative on Enhancing Social Action for Older Adults Through Technology

As older adults face continuing economic, social and health-related challenges, information and communications technology holds great potential for facilitating organizing and social action for this age group. The relationship between social action, technology and older Americans was the subject of a May 2010 expert panel convened by the Center for Technology and Aging on behalf of The SCAN Foundation. This webinar discusses findings from the expert panel and ensuing report. Webinar

Important Tech4Impact Dates

Letter of Intent Due
July 30, 2010

Grant Proposal Guidelines Released September 29, 2010

Full Proposals Due
October 21, 2010

Final Grant Award Decision Prior to December 31, 2010

Grant Start Date
January 4, 2011

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