Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST)

The Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST) brings together professionals working with older adults who have lifelong and late-life physical, sensory and/or cognitive disabilities and whose ability to function independently is threatened or compromised. We share a common goal: maximizing functional capacity and promoting independence for elders through appropriately designed environments, services and technologies. NEST members share information across the aging, disability and rehabilitation systems about:

  • Assistive technology
  • Environmental modification
  • Transportation and older driver issues
  • Emerging technologies to promote aging in place
  • Policy issues and trends
  • Universal design of products, private residences and community public spaces
  • Consumer and provider education through distance learning
  • Emergency preparedness and community resilience

NEST contributes to ASA’s programs, education events and activities through the following avenues:

Highlighted Resources

Why the White House’s Effort to Keep Up the
Aging and Tech Conversation Is Important

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 In March, the White House published a report focused on technology’s growing role in improving the quality of life for aging and disabled populations. It outlines six areas where technology is making a notable impact — daily living, cognitive skills, communication and connectivity, personal mobility, transportation access and healthcare access — impacting both current and future solutions and efforts to raise the bar, especially when it comes to senior care.
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Why Cultural Competency of Aging Matters

The media, use of language, and culture facilitate negative images of aging and often depict older adults as cantankerous elderly with illness or need for care . These images can have profound consequences on the lives of older adults.
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Aging in Place: Housing, Supports, Safety

 More than 80 percent of adults 45 and older say they want to age in place or age in community, yet physical and non-physical barriers may make it a poor option or even impossible.
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Fostering Social Interaction for All Ages

Social isolation is a silent killer.
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Transportation Is One Key to Livable Communities for All Ages

 This post focuses on the role that transportation can play in the planning and operation of communities that work for people throughout their lifespans.
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Bringing Food to an Aging America

Today, Dot, an older adult like many others in our communities, is going without food.
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