WS19 - Aging Track: Addressing Mobility Needs of Older Adults Through Innovative Powered Wheelchair Technology

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Newberry/ Ascot
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Powered mobility provides opportuniites for independence for individuals with limited mobility, including older adults. Innovative technologies including intelligent powered wheelchairs, collaborative control, virtual reality, and obstacle avoidance systems may address some of the needs of older adults to promote independent mobility and participation in their daily lives. Given the variety of needs of older adults, including declining physical and cognitive skills, technology solutions are required which address varying levels of autonomy. In this presentation, we will highlight innovative solutions to these challenges,  ranging from technologies which promote independent driving to those which provide complete assistance to the user. 
Emma Smith, Catherine Bigras, Pooja Viswanathan