Center for Digital Aging
The technology revolution of the last few decades has reshaped the way people get information, work, communicate, shop, and more. Digital channels and tools are more ubiquitous and powerful than ever, and new innovations are being launched every year to meet the changing needs and challenges of aging. USC Davis and its Center for Digital Aging aim to harness the power of social media and new technologies to help older adults, caregivers, and related businesses and services as well as empower older adults to use technology and understand its benefits and risks.
Center for Digital Aging projects include:
Virtual companions for cognitively impaired older adults
Video games to improve balance and help prevent falls
A web-based information source for identifying elder abuse
A research-based app to support caregivers
Elizabeth Zelinski, director of the Center for Digital Aging, is a professor of gerontology and psychology and holds the Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in Education and Aging at the USC Davis School.
Dean Cohen on Digital Aging
“You might be wondering to yourself, ‘What exactly is digital aging?’ I think of it this way: everything we do these days has a digital component, whether it’s communicating with friends and family or managing our finances and purchases. Whether you want to plan a trip, buy a movie ticket or look up the side effects of a new medication, more and more of us depend on electronic solutions. Why should aging be any different?”
–Dean Pinchas Cohen