Wendy Anne Rogers

Wendy Anne Rogers
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | UIUC · Department of Kinesiology and Community Health

PhD

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Introduction
Skills and Expertise
Additional affiliations
August 1998 - present
Georgia Institute of Technology
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  • Professor (Full)
August 1994 - August 1998
University of Georgia
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  • Professor (Associate)
August 1991 - August 1994
The University of Memphis
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (512)
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Mobile applications are high-potential tools to aid in the self-management of health and behavioral change, especially for those with chronic health conditions. Though mHealth applications are easily accessible, there may be barriers to adoption, particularly for older adults disproportionally affected by chronic health conditions. We undertook a h...
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Adhering to anti-hypertensive medications contributes to control of blood pressure and improved health outcomes. However, adherence rates among older adults are low. Patient monitoring of medication taking helps increase adherence and technology has great potential to support self-monitoring, in part by providing visual feedback about medication ta...
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Digital home assistants (e.g., Amazon Echo) hold great potential to support older adults across a wide range of abilities to improve or maintain their quality of life. However, these devices and other related environmental control applications are not equipped with sufficient support for successful technology adoption among older adults. Without us...
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Persons with Vision Impairments (PwVI) often have difficulties navigating indoor environments. The challenges and solutions can change based on their level of familiarity with the location. A collaborative effort was made to design a user needs assessment to understand the collaborative nature of human-robot interaction for wayfinding. The user stu...
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Health self-management could be challenging for older adults with disabilities and technology has great potential to support them for managing health activities. Assessing users’ needs is a significant technique to develop useful technologies. However, studies overwhelmingly collected and analyzed qualitative data in smaller samples or quantitative...
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As age-related changes progress, individuals with long-term mobility disabilities experience more challenges in engaging with everyday activities. This archival analysis identified common activity challenges older adults with long-term mobility disabilities report and the type of strategies they employed to respond to these challenges, using the in...
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Smart technologies (e.g., smartphones, smart security technologies, digital home assistants) have advanced over the years and will continue to do so. There are various benefits to using these technologies in one's life, such as an increase in productivity through automation and self-monitoring one's health. Older adults particularly may benefit fro...
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With over 50% of older adults in the United States managing at least one chronic condition, it is crucial to understand how to promote their self-management of positive health behaviors. Health interventions through digital health technologies are becoming more commonplace. Theoretical models related to health behavior change and technology accepta...
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Social isolation and loneliness in older adults are associated with poor health outcomes and have been linked to an increased risk of cognitive impairment and incident dementia. Social engagement has been identified as a key factor in promoting positive health behaviors and quality of life and preventing social isolation and loneliness. Studies inv...
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Social isolation and lack of engagement are common among older adults and present a risk for emotional, physical and cognitive decline. Technology offers the potential of remediating these risks and enhancing opportunities for connectivity. In this paper we present an overview of the PRISM 2.0 multi-site RCT, which evaluated a simple to use Persona...
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Augmenting User Geocordinates and Mobility by ENhanced Tutorials (AUGMENT) is a development project in the ENHANCE Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center aiming to promote community engagement for aging adults with cognitive impairment (CI) from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and mild cognitive impairment. AUGMENT aims include 1) providing pro...
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Concerns about loneliness and social isolation for older adults were already evident but have been exacerbated during the pandemic. Home and Community Based Organizations (HCBOs) provide support for their older clients in the community and need to support their staff, who may be working remotely. We are exploring the potential of video chat technol...
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PRISM 2.0 was designed to run on Android tablets and made use of both customized apps that relied on Google’s browser and e-mail functionality as well as commercial apps, such as Microsoft’s Skype for videoconferencing. We also made use of functionality provided by our partner AT&T, such as their sim cards to provide cell-based internet connectivit...
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Many older adults have a cognitive impairment (CI), which negatively impacts on their quality of life and threatens their independence. In this presentation, we provide an overview of the conceptual framework, structure, and processes of our multi-site Center, ENHANCE, which is focused on developing technology support for aging adults with a CI. EN...
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Prospective memory, the ability to remember to execute an intention in the future, is crucial for the performance of many everyday tasks important for independent living. Prospective memory abilities decline with age, and older adults living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), cognitive impairment due to traumatic brain injury (TBI), and cognitiv...
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Video technology has the potential to provide older adults with socially and cognitively engaging activities for in-home participation. We are exploring use of OneClick.chat, a video technology platform, to present older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment opportunities for engagement. In collaboration with iN2L we have developed even...
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American Sign Language (ASL) is the primary form of communication for approximately 250,000 people in the U.S. (Mitchell et al., 2006). As these individuals age, they may experience challenges in their everyday activities. For example, ASL users rely on visual cues, but have age-related change in vision. Moreover, ASL users may need to utilize tech...
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ENACT (Everyday Needs Assessment for Cognitive Tasks) is an exploration and discovery project to gather information on challenges in daily and community living experienced by individuals aging with compromised cognition due to mild cognitive impairment, traumatic brain injury, or post-stroke. We are exploring their challenges through a longitudinal...
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Objectives: Social isolation and loneliness are serious public health issues given the association with negative physical, mental; and cognitive health outcomes and increased risk for mortality. Due to changes in life circumstances many aging adults are socially isolated and experience loneliness. We examined the relationships among four correlated...
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Assistive and mobile robots have potential to support everyday domestic tasks and enable independence for persons in the home. As a first step to evaluating this potential, we assessed the initial unboxing and setup of Hello Robot’s Stretch RE1– a novel mobile manipulator designed for domestic settings. All study procedures took place in the McKech...
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Persons aging with mobility disabilities are at risk of social isolation, which is associated with negative health outcomes. Tele-technology is well-suited for supporting social connectedness by facilitating communication using two-way audio/video. However, the software and hardware requirements of tele-technology for this population are not well u...
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Smart technologies have increased dramatically within the last decade. Their availability has improved opportunities for productivity, health, and entertainment, and this is especially true for technologies that act as central hubs to link other devices and applications that expand their capabilities (e.g., smartphones and digital home assistants)....
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Objective We reviewed human–robot interaction (HRI) participatory design (PD) research with older adults. The goal was to identify methods used, determine their value for design of robots with older adults, and provide guidance for best practices. Background Assistive robots may promote aging-in-place and quality of life for older adults. However,...
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Older adults with a chronic health condition ( e.g. hypertension) use various self-management methods. Healthcare technologies have the potential to support health self-management. However, it is necessary to understand the acceptance of these technologies as a precursor to older adults’ adoption and integration into their health plan. Our focus wa...
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Background Persons aging with mobility disability (PAwMD) experience transportation barriers, which can hinder their ability to fully participate in society. Despite a vast infrastructure of federal laws and programs designed to ensure access to transportation, PAwMD remain a transportation-disadvantaged population. Objectives This paper presents...
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This panel provided an overview of the MS Health Technology program and included the experiences of the students in the program. We provided an overview of the simulation spaces on campus that support this unique interdisciplinary professional degree. There is a rapidly growing need for well-trained professionals with skills in software application...
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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is an asymptomatic cardiovascular condition common with increasing age that must be controlled with proper management behaviors, such as adherence to prescribed antihypertensive medications. Unfortunately, older adults may struggle with consistent and effective management of this medication specifically and the...
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With over 50% of older adults in the United States managing at least one chronic condition, it is crucial to understand how to promote their self-management of positive health behaviors. Health interventions through digital health technologies are becoming more commonplace. Theoretical models related to health behavior change and technology accepta...
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Falling is a serious health concern among older wheelchair users as falling may result in functional impairment, morbidity, and mortality. Researchers have examined prevention strategies of falls. However, little is known about the prevalence of falls and rehabilitation service use among wheelchair users over age 65. We analyzed a population-based...
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Cognitive impairment (CI) refers to changes in cognition that result in difficulties remembering, learning new things, concentrating, making decisions important to everyday life, responding to environmental demands, or understanding social cues, and these difficulties can result in disability (limiting one or more major life activities). Existing a...
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The Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) was founded in 1999 and is funded by the National Institute on Aging (National Institutes of Health; PO1 AG017211). This interdisciplinary team of psychologists and engineers focuses on design and deployment of technology with aging adults. In this panel session, we...
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Digital home assistants like the Amazon Echo are increasing in popularity each year among the general population and provide assistance across a wide array of daily activities. Despite their general utility, they may be most useful for supporting older adults with the various challenges of aging. However, little is known about older adults’ opinion...
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Interventions to address exercise challenges in older people have been the focus of recent research, given the importance of exercise for health outcomes. However, exercise challenges for older adults with mobility disabilities have received little attention. We investigated participation of exercise among older adults with mobility disabilities to...
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Objective We examined the potential of conversational agents (CAs) to support older adults’ self-care related to chronic illness in light of lessons learned from decades of pedagogical agent research, which investigates the impact and efficacy of CAs for a wide range of learners. Background The role of CAs in education (i.e., pedagogical agents) h...
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Objective: This three-armed randomized controlled feasibility trial tested the acceptability and acute effects of aerobic exercise and technology-guided mindfulness training (relative to standalone interventions) on cancer-related fatigue among breast cancer survivors (BCS). Methods: BCS recruited from Central Illinois completed pre- and post-te...
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Aging in place (AIP) is a term that is commonly used and defined in a plethora of ways. Multiple disciplines take a different stance on the definition of AIP, and its definition has evolved over time. Such diverse ways to define AIP could be a barrier to reach a shared expectation among multiple stakeholders when formulating research studies, makin...
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Successful aging can be generally defined as minimizing disabilities, maintaining functional capacity, and supporting engaged lifestyle. Given world population changes, this concept is of increasing importance. Technologies have become an integral part of daily life across a range of domains and have potential to support older adults. However, for...
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Background There are growing numbers of adults aging with long-term mobility disabilities. Very little is known about the challenges this population experiences with everyday activities, and such challenges are likely to be greater and more complex than those of older adults who experience mobility declines later in life. Objectives The current ma...
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This chapter provides an overview of design considerations for domestic robots to be used by older adults. We describe characteristics of older adults such as sensory, cognitive and motoric functions, as well relevant context factors of the home environment regarding motion and navigation or installation and maintenance. Methods relevant for the de...
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Objective This study evaluated task-scheduling decisions in the context of emergency departments by comparing patterns of emergency physicians’ task-scheduling models across levels of experience. Background Task attributes (priority, difficulty, salience, and engagement) influence task-scheduling decisions. However, it is unclear how attributes in...
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Background: People with disabilities acquired in early to mid-life are living longer, contributing to growing numbers of older adults who are aging with disability, an understudied population likely to be underserved. Objectives: This paper demonstrates the usefulness of the TechSAge Minimum Battery as a holistic assessment of health for people...
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Social engagement is a fundamental component of health and quality-of-life outcomes. However, there is a prevailing view that older adults primarily want to engage socially with current family and friends – that they are not interested in developing new relationships. That is an overgeneralization. We have found that older adults are interested in...
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According to the U.S. Census, about 30% of older adults live with a mobility impairment, defined as difficulty walking and/or climbing stairs. Older people with mobility limitations are at risk for decreased access to medical services and negative health outcomes. However, few studies address the healthcare needs of these individuals. We used a com...
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Voice-activated digital assistants (e.g., Amazon Echo, Google Home) are an emerging technology that have great potential to provide support for adults aging with a long-term mobility disability. Digital assistant technologies allow the user to perform a variety of everyday tasks and activities through voice interactions. Such tasks may include envi...
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There are growing numbers of older adults with mobility and vision disabilities acquired in early to mid-life who are a part of a population described as “aging with disability”. For these individuals, the addition of normative age-related declines (e.g., vision loss, arthritis) on top of a long-term disability can create extensive barriers to comm...
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A growing number of new smart, internet-enabled technologies from smart phone applications, to teleconferencing, to the Internet of Things (IoT), provide great promise and potential to support successful aging-in-place for people with long-term disabilities. This symposium highlights ongoing research at the TechSAge Rehabilitation Engineering Resea...
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Social engagement technologies have the potential to benefit health and quality of life in older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI). However, technologies are rarely designed to accommodate the interests, capabilities, and limitations of these populations. In the current study, we focused on examining the potential of video cha...
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Healthcare Technology (HCT) can support older adults as it is not uncommon for them to be managing one or more chronic diseases at a time. Thus, understanding older adults’ willingness to use HCTs can guide introduction of new technologies to help with their health management. The purpose of the research is to understand what influential factors em...
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Recently, there has been a significant expansion in the number of smart and connected technologies for assisting individuals with a variety of tasks within the home. Examples include digital home assistants (e.g., Amazon Echo), smart lights, smart plugs, robotic vacuums, as well as a multitude of other devices. Such technologies hold the potential...
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Persons with disability are living longer and are at risk of experiencing greater disability as a result of additional age-related declines. These individuals, “aging with disability”, could benefit greatly from technology supports – if such supports are designed and developed with their capabilities and limitations in mind. To ensure technology in...
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Persons aging with a mobility disability encounter barriers to exercise engagement including accessibility to transportation, facilities, and adequately trained instructors. A tele-exercise platform could reduce these barriers as it utilizes video conferencing to enable remote exercise classes. For this feasibility study, participants ( N = 19; 40+...