Technologies for helping the elderly and disabled to be featured at Institute of Medicine workshop

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The Institute of Medicine will host a workshop Wednesday that will focus on current and emerging technologies that can help seniors and disabled individuals live more independently. Among the highlights will be the unveiling of an updated LeadingAge “Ernesto” video focusing on assistive technologies. One of the keynote speakers will be Joseph Coughlin, director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who also was a top speaker at the LeadingAge annual convention in October. The daylong event can be attended in person in Washington or watched via live video webcast.

Also featured will be a discussion of "smart homes," workplace accommodations, and the role of computer-based technologies, as well as a keynote address on the promise and potential of technology by Geoff Fernie, vice president for research at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute.

The workshop will take place at the National Academies' Keck Center, 500 Fifth St., in Washington. It can be viewed via live video webcast at http://national-academies.org . Registration materials and a full agenda are available by clicking here.

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