Shabnam FakhrHosseini Presents for Workshop on Advancing Diagnostic Excellence for Older Adults

by Adam Felts

AgeLab Research Scientist Shabnam FakhrHosseini was a panelist for a public workshop held by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The workshop, titled Advancing Diagnostic Excellence for Older Adults, examined the current scientific landscape and research opportunities for improving diagnosis in older adults within the U.S. health care system.

Dr. FakrHosseini participated in a panel that focused on future developments in diagnostic tools for older adults. She discussed the widely held desire among older adults to remain in their homes independently as long as they can, and the ensuing needs for new tools and resources to support them at home. Dr. FakhrHosseini highlighted social robots, wearables, artificial intelligence, and the smart home platform as technologies that may play a major role in supporting older adults’ health and wellbeing.

Dr. FakhrHosseini provided a look at some strains of the AgeLab’s research on the use of technology to facilitate care.  She highlighted results from a large-scale survey of consumers on the use of artificial intelligence for caregiving applications. She also showed findings from a survey of members of the 85+ Lifestyle Leaders panel, who reported that they would be interested in conversing with a social robot on health-related topics. Finally, she went over a set of principles for designing age-friendly homes that were uncovered through former IDM Master’s student Susy Tort’s research with the AgeLab.

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Adam Felts

Adam Felts is a researcher and writer at the MIT AgeLab. Currently he is involved in research on the experiences of family caregivers and the future of financial advice. He also manages the AgeLab blog and newsletter. He received his Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2014 and his Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University in 2019.

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