Research Article| Volume 53, ISSUE 1, P40-45, January 2005

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A technology and nursing collaboration to help older adults age in place

      This is an account of an active collaboration between Computer Engineering, Health Informatics, and Nursing within an academic health science center to improve the quality of life of older adults as they “age in place.” The Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia has developed a licensed home health agency, Senior Care, to provide the care needed by residents of TigerPlace, a specially designed independent living center near the University. Technology has the potential to help address common problems encountered by older adults related to functional decline. Collaboration between Nursing, Computer Engineering, and Health Informatics is likely on a path to improve the quality of life of seniors.
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      Marilyn J. Rantz is a Professor at Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia, and a University Hospital Professor of Nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.


      Karen Dorman Marek is an Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Nursing and former Associate Professor and Executive Director Senior Care at Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia.


      Myra Aud is an Assistant Professor at Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia.


      Harry W. Tyrer is a Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia.


      Marjorie Skubic is an Associate Professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Computer Science Department (joint appointment), University of Missouri-Columbia.


      George Demiris is an Assistant Professor at the Health Management and Informatics School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia.


      Ali Hussam is a Research Professor and Department Director at the IT & Academic Enterprise, and Director at the Computer-Human Interaction Lab, College of Engineering-Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia.