Seniors and Technology: Observations from Above and at Ground Level
By: Kate Ingalls-Maloney and Sharon Blume
In this workshop you will be introduced to the history of the research around technology use by older adults and others in their care systems, current assumptions about technology and the aging adult population, and several findings and recommendations for future technology developers in the older adult arena.
- Introductory-level knowledge of at least one technology classification system in the aging adult domain
- Introductory-level knowledge at least two research findings involving technology and older adults
- Awareness of at least two current aging adult technology initiatives in Minnesota
From Left to Right: Kate Ingalls-Maloney and Sharon Blume
Kate Ingalls-Maloney, Coordinator of Augustana Care’s Learning Lab for Eldercare Technologies, Minneapolis. Kate has worked in many educational settings, most recently Metropolitan State University, to advance integration of technology tools. This past year Kate has been directly involved in implementing a new technology education/demonstration initiative—The Learning Lab for Eldercare Technologies.
Sharon Blume, Director of Health Technology Services, The Lutheran Home Association, Belle Plaine, MN. Sharon has extensive experience providing services for older adults, individuals with dementia and those with intellectual disabilities in a variety of roles. She has provided direct care, staff development, management, marketing, and family service coordination for The Lutheran Home Association.
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