Do you use, or want to use an assistive technology? Researchers want to learn from your experience.

Do you use, or want to use an assistive technology? Researchers want to learn from your experience.

Researchers at the University of Victoria are looking to speak to older adults who live in their own homes (including independent living homes) and are using or want to use an assistive technology of some kind.

Assistive technologies include any technology that helps older adults to live at home for as long as possible and can range from physical devices to software applications that can be used on a cell phone, iPad, notebook, laptop, or computer.

Examples of assistive technologies include:

  • The Hitch Lift enables individuals to independently load a manual wheelchair, lightweight scooter or other mobility aid into a vehicle with very little physical effort or bending.
  • The Caregiver Intercom provides an easy way for families to connect directly through an intercom system with seniors who have difficulty using a standard phone.
  • CanConnect is designed for community health workers, clinicians, family and friends to connect with those they care for, whether they are assessing a client’s well-being, delivering a service remotely, or staying connected with loved ones who may be isolated.

“In British Columbia, many assistive technologies are available for adults 55+. These can support older adults to live independently. This study is being done to help improve the use and availability of assistive technologies for older adults,” says Dr. Kobayashi, Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Research Affiliate with the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health Department at the University of Victoria.

“Because some of these assistive technologies are new, it is important to find out how well they are working. Perhaps they can be improved to work even better. Or perhaps some people are having challenges trying to use these technologies or even finding out what is available for them. The best way to gather this information is to talk with older and their caregivers who are using or wanting to use assistive technologies,” continues Dr. Kobayashi.

Participants will be invited to share their experiences about things like ease of access and use, as well as any benefits and/or challenges they have experienced or think they may experience. Family caregivers and other unpaid caregivers who are currently providing care and support to an older adult family member can also participate.

This project is funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and is being led by Dr. Kobayashi and Robin Syme (Executive Director of CanAssist).

If you interested in being part of this important study or finding out more information, please contact: Dr. Gord Miller, Project Coordinator or 250-893-5869. Read more here:



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