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Aging and Technology Research

School of Public Health and Health Professions

Dedicated to the promotion of health and independent living among older adults and their caregivers through research.

What's Happening Now . . .

The Virtual Group Exercise at Home (V-GEAH) randomized controlled trial, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), was completed. Barbara walks about 45 minutes with John (who joined her walking) in her apartment community room every day, does Tai-chi and a group exercise once a week, and still does the Week 24 exercise (last V-GEAH exercise) almost every day using ankle weights.

“Look at me. I am the product of your care and the V-GEAH. There is a gentleman who walks with me. We have been walking for the last 7 months and did not miss a day! Before that he really could not walk but now we do 4 laps!”
Barbara Glatt, Buffalo, NY

Home Safety Self Assessment Tool (HSSAT) 4.0 is available now

This was made possible through the funding by the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York. There is an article about HSSAT in Today’s Geriatric Medicine, November/December 2013. The psychometrics (reliability, validity, and responsiveness to change) was established and the results can be found in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy November/December 2014.

“I wanted to take a moment and thank you for not only putting this incredible tool together, but for making it available free of charge. I will be doing everything I can to get this information into the hands of seniors and their families. Thank you to you and the entire team for their time, energy and commitment to seniors!”  D. Vouga, CSA, Chesterfield, MO

Buffalo Functional Exercise (BFE) V1.0 has been tested now

This was made possible through the funding by the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo.We at the Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University at Buffalo developed the BFE to encourage older adults to increase their physical activities. Exercise is imbedded in activity of daily living throughout the day with reminder cues. We have tested its effectiveness and the results are encouraging.