High Tech @ Home - Not Your Grandma’s EldercareLive event held June 19, 2013
The aim of the three-part series titled SAFE@HOME was to provide the tools, environment, coordination and management to support the delivery of educational information to Virginia professional home care service providers. Professional service providers include medical doctors, registered nurses, social workers, geriatric care managers, gerontologists, gerontology students, counselors, lawyers, financial advisors, insurance agents, ombudsman/patient advocates, as well as family caregivers.
The third and final webinar in the series focused on the latest trends and technologies employed in eldercare.
With the assimilation of “gadgetry” in our professional environments, we build a parallel to Eldercare 2.0 or its “next generation” of the most technologically advanced tools, services, apps and products that are to be on our next shelf, iPad, smart phone or pill box.
This session is designed to define assistive technology devices and services and provide examples of different devices to support safely aging in place. Some basic community resources will be presented that are available in Virginia and may be available in other states to support both elders and caregivers.
Robert W. Krollman, NCC, CRC, holds both an undergraduate and graduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. As a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor he has worked with persons with disabilities for over forty years. Much of his career has been working with the vocational rehabilitation of persons with traumatic brain injury and with improving access to assistive technology devices and services at local, state and national levels.
For the last nineteen years he has worked with the federal Tech Act program in Virginia as the Senior Assistive Technology Specialist for the Virginia Assistive Technology System. He currently works as the Assistive Technology Specialist-Aging Coordinator for the Virginia Assistive Technology System/Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
He is also an adjunct faculty member at the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development where he has taught courses on Assistive Technology and Disability and Job Development/Job Placement and Supported Employment.
E. Ayn Welleford, PhD, received her B.A. in Management/Psychology from Averett College, M.S. in Gerontology and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Adult Development and Aging, Geropsychology, and Aging & Human Values. As an educator, researcher, and previously as a practitioner she has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals across the caregiving and long term care continuum.
As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology, she currently works to “Improve Elder Care through Education” through her Teaching, Scholarship, and Community Engagement. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Welleford provides community education and serves on several boards and committees.
Dr. Welleford is former Chair of the Governor’s Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission, as well as a recipient of the AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award. In 2011, Dr. Welleford was honored by the Alzheimer’s Association at their annual Recognition Reception for her statewide advocacy. Dr. Welleford is the author of numerous publications and presentations given at national, state and local conferences, community engagement and continuing education forums. In 2012, Dr. Welleford was appointed to the Advisory Board for VCU’s West Grace Village project. She is also the recipient of the 2012 Mary Creath Payne Leadership Award from Senior Connections, the Capital Area Agency on Aging.