CHART-CRIS Amazon Echo Demonstration Study

The purpose of the CRIS-Healthy Aging and Collaborations in Health, Aging, Research, and Technology (CHART) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign demonstration-study is to investigate older adults’ use of the Amazon Echo Show. This collaboration uses the expertise of both programs to produce a robust and holistic demonstration of these technologies’ usefulness among older adults.

Through our collaboration, Amazon Echo Shows will be installed in older adults’ homes throughout central Illinois. The study will last roughly six months. All participants receive an Amazon Echo Show to keep at no cost.

In addition, our team is in the process of developing and disseminating a suite of instructional materials (i.e., user guides and brief instructional YouTube videos) that will be provided to study participants as well as more generally disseminated through research and community partnerships.

This research is supported in part by the Illinois Department on Aging and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

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