Healthy aging in the community necessitates a multidisciplinary approach that is the confluence of design, planning, building construction, technology, rehabilitation and service provision inputs. To facilitate this, DATHA provides a forum that integrates the various individual efforts at Georgia Tech and the community into a unified, holistic approach.

Design and Technology for Healthy Aging Initiative at GA Tech goals include:

  • Serve as a catalyst for interdisciplinary communities of practice and academic-industry partnerships to support R&D for healthy aging;
  • Provide an opportunity for generating faculty interest in interdisciplinary research and design related to healthy aging;
  • Educate and engage students and professionals about the needs for healthy aging;
  • Develop a mechanism for responding to needs of older adults, clinicians and practitioners and for deploying solutions to support healthy aging in Georgia
  • Provide a forum for designers and developers to obtain feedback on new designs and technologies

Recent Submissions

  • Dark-Adapting Glasses for Persons with Light Adaptation Problems 

    Ross, David A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-10-18)
    As people age, their ability to adapt to widely-changing light levels can diminish. Pupil response times increase and the pupil will not open as widely nor close as tightly as the person ages. Further, with age-related ...
  • The Importance of Showing Seniors Technology 

    Ratliff, Jane (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-03-15)
  • The Role of Technology in Creating an Age‐Friendly City: Current Trends and Future Vision 

    Harvey, Lee Ann (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016-02-16)
    Lee Ann Harvey is the Lifelong Community Coordinator for the City of Decatur. The purpose of the Lifelong Community (LLC) initiative is to accomplish the goals of the City's 2010 Strategic Plan by ensuring that Decatur ...
  • Tools for Life: Exploring Assistive Technology Strategies & Solutions 

    Persaud, Elizabeth; Phillips, Carolyn P.; Wilson, Rachel (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-12-15)
    The world around us is evolving at an astounding rate. Assistive Technology developments have been foundational in this evolution and a catalyst for producing positive life-changing results for individuals with disabilities, ...
  • Products for the Aging Market: Challenges in Access, Adoption and Design 

    Hackett, Brandi (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-11-17)
  • Take Control to Prevent Falls: The Shepherd Center's Injury Prevention Program 

    Harrington, Emma (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-10-20)
    This talk focuses on aging and fall prevention and highlight the Shepherd Center's program for preventing initial brain and spinal cord injuries as well as secondary injuries.
  • Simply Get There: Trip Discovery Website for the Atlanta Region 

    Ray, Renee Autumn (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-09-15)
    This talk focuses on “Simply Get There,” a trip discovery website for specialized transportation services that launched in March 2015.
  • BrightStar Clinical Pathways: Heart Failure 

    Morrison, Scott (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-04-19)
    1 in 5 people diagnosed with chronic illness like Heart Failure is rehospitalized. BrightStar Clinical Pathways uses an RN-Coordinated, team oriented, and evidence-based approach to optimize client health and well being ...
  • GT HomeLab Briefing 

    Jones, Brian D.; Fain, W. Bradley (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012-02-16)
    This presentation describes research that the GTRI Human Systems Engineering Branch is conducting related to human factors and older adults with a main focus on the GT HomeLab (previously Home Health Technology Testbed) ...
  • Assistive Technologies Reutilization 

    Kniskern, Joy; Phillips, Carolyn; Rust, Martha (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-11-16)
    Assistive Technology (AT) reutilization is a concept that is born out of need. From local grassroots efforts, it has grown to become a nationally recognized response to providing AT to those people who would otherwise ...
  • Using Technology to Support Older Adults and Their Informal Caregivers 

    Griffiths, Patricia (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-09-14)
    Dr. Griffiths presentation discussed the use of technology with older adults (veterans) and their caregivers, including current funded work and future initiatives at the Rehab Research and Development Center US Department ...
  • Walkable Streets for Seniors 

    Flocks, Sally (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-08-17)
    Sally Flocks is the President and CEO of PEDS, an advocacy organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians. Sally founded PEDS in 1996 after brain surgery enabled her to control a ...
  • Aging in Place Technologies 

    Montgomery, Rick; Lozano, Rick (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-04-20)
    Rick Montgomery and Rick Lozano are the owners of HTCare, LLC. HTCare has been in the business of providing, installing, and servicing technology based solutions that help seniors age in place and help facilities provide ...
  • Cancer Support Community 

    Smith, Eleanor (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-03-16)
  • The ESP Database and Information on Assistive Technology Devices 

    Earnest, Patrice (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-02-16)
  • The Aware Home Research Initiative Research and Testbed Plans 

    Jones, Brian D. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-01-19)
  • The Future of Aging Services 

    Bulot, James (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-11-17)
    Under Dr. Bulots supervision, DAS is actively planning for the future by exploring innovative uses of technology to help individuals age in place. Specialists are analyzing impact, appropriateness, cost, and ease-of-use ...
  • Cancer Support Community 

    Smith, Eleanor (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-10-20)
  • Sustainable Products for Sustainable Living 

    Strang, William (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-04-21)
  • From Caregiver to Designer 

    McRae, Kim (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010-03-17)
    Kim McRae has an 11 year history as a family caregiver and a consumer of aging services. During a five year period, she and her husband took care of - and lost - his mother, his father, and her father. When her father ...

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