On November 20, 2020, The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and the Penn Roybal Center on Palliative Care in Dementia co-sponsored a webinar on Smart Beds, Homes, and Robots: Emerging Tech Opportunities for Aging.
The webinar was the most recent virtual lecture hosted by The Philadelphia Technology and Aging Meetup Group, a special interest group created by Penn Nursing’s George Demiris, PhD, FACMI, Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, and Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, GNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN, Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing and Associate Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing.
In addition to a presentation by Dr. Demiris, guest speakers included:
- Eric D. Agdeppa, PhD, MTM
GM and Executive Director, Global Innovation
- Michelle J. Johnson, PhD
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Bioengineering, Director, Rehabilitation Robotics Lab (GRASP)
University of Pennsylvania
- Amanda Lazar, PhD
College of Information Studies (iSchool)
University of Maryland
About the Philadelphia Technology and Aging Meetup Group
The Philadelphia Technology and Aging group was formed to bring together academic researchers, clinicians, industry partners and system designers to foster a dialogue about challenges and opportunities in the design, implementation and evaluation of technology tools to support aging and enhance quality of life for older adults and their families.
“We envision this as a networking opportunity and a way to advance the field of innovation for aging while addressing the broad spectrum of technical, clinical, ethical and practical implications of technology use,” explained Dr. Demeris. “While originally we had an in-person monthly meeting to connect various entities and stakeholders in the larger Philadelphia metropolitan area, we shifted to an online format in the times of social distancing allowing us to reach out to a broader audience.”