CREATE Overview

CREATE is a multidisciplinary and collaborative center founded in 1999. It is dedicated to ensure that the benefits of technology can be realized by older adults to support and enhance the independence, productivity, health, safety, social connectedness and quality of life of older people.

The center strives to develop and evaluate interventions and design solutions to promote successful technology adoption among older adults.

CREATE represents a consortium of four universities:

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  • University of Miami
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

GOALS of CREATE

CREATE’s directive is to ensure that older adults can successfully use technology and realize the potential benefits of technology. Our objectives are to expand our understanding of:

  1. the needs and preferences of older adults with respect to technology, barriers to access, and problems with existing and emerging systems;
  2. how person characteristics influence person/technology interactions;
  3. design strategies that promote successful technology uptake;
  4. how access to and interactions with technology impact on the health, quality of life and independence of older adults.

CREATE STRUCTURE

The Center consists of four integrated functional units: The Administrative Core provides leadership, direction, and oversight for the Center’s activities and support for the research projects; the Dissemination Core is involved in outreach to government agencies and Congress, develops guidelines for industry and older adults and advances publication and media opportunities; the Statistical Core provides statistical and technical support for the Center’s research projects and the Research Programs which consist of integrated studies at the three sites with an emphasis on translational research.

A picture of the CREATE PIs:

From left to right: Joseph Sharit, Sara Czaja, Neil Charness, Wendy Rogers, Wally Boot. Photo by Brian Tietz.

 

News

Monday, July 2, 2018

Dr. Wendy Rogers and CREATE alum Dr. Richard Pak were featured in the July/August 2018 APA Monitor issue. Click here to read more!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The CREATE Team will be well-represented at the 2018 APA Convention! Dr. Wally Boot, chair-elect of the Commitee on Aging (CONA), will be one of four speakers during this year's CONA Conversation Hour, discussing the topic of Aging and the Importance of Social Connectedness. Moreover, congratulations to Dr. Neil Charness who will be presented the 2018 CONA Award for Advancement of the Psychology of Aging! For more information about the event, click here!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

CREATE Principal Investigator Dr. Neil Charness has received two honors for a career of work on longevity and on technology for older adults, from the Committee on Aging of the American Psychological Association and from the International Society for Gerontechnology. Click here to read more!

Recent Publications

Human Factors and Aging Series
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(Japanese translation) Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches
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