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:

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


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.


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.



Thursday, March 1, 2018

Dr. Neil Charness was quoted in an article in the New York Times discussing older adults' experiences in high-tech careers. Click here to read the article!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Dr. Neil Charness of CREATE is part of a team of researchers organizing a workshop centered around designing interactions for the aging populations. Submission deadlines are Februrary 15th, 2018, and the  workshop will be held in Montréal, Canada, on April 22nd, 2018. For more information, visit the website by clicking here!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Drs. Sara Czaja and Joe Sharit of the CREATE Team recently hosted a two-day conference entitled "Current and Emerging Trends in Aging and Work" at which discussions of aging in the context of employment patterns, policy issues, work performance, job trends, and health and wellness were led by experts in the respective areas. For the agenda and photos from the event, click here

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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book cover reading Designing for Older Adults