Independence Can Be Cheap and Easy With Low Tech Assistive TechnologyBy Collins, Randy, MEd; Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP)
Publication Date: 2005
Article discusses how assistive technology (AT) can help to address and reduce some functional limitations associating with aging, which can lead to significant changes in strength, coordination, mobility, memory, vision, and/or hearing. Two types of AT are discussed: (1) high tech, and (2) low tech. An example of high tech AT is a wheelchair that has the ability to climb stairs, while an example of low tech AT is a simple magnifying glass. A number of examples of low tech AT devices are listed, including the Spill Not Jar and Bottle Opener, which allows the user to open jars and bottles using only one hand. Another important example of low tech AT is a talking pill box organizer, which can be used by people with limited sight or cognitive disabilities. The author contends that such AT can lead to increases in independence, which can help to combat feelings of depression.
Published by: Arizona Technology Access Program (AzTAP) (Website:http://www.nau.edu/ihd/aztap/)
Link to text: http://www.nau.edu/ihd/aztap/geriatric/article2.shtml