The Oregon Center for Aging & Technology
ORCATECH is a new and innovative research program primarily supported by the National Institute on Aging through a Roybal Center grant and support from Intel. This endeavor is closely integrated with other programs of the Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Through interactive and cross-disciplinary research, the goal of the program is to develop technologies that optimize health and quality of life for our aging population. ORCATECH seeks to identify technologies that help meet the challenges of aging, especially around two key reasons for loss of independence: loss of mobility and decline in cognitive function.
In 2006, ORCATECH launched a landmark NIH supported community study (a Bioengineering Research Partnership grant) deploying in-home technologies to detect the earliest phases of cognitive decline in healthy seniors. ORCATECH is a collaborative research center that includes academic, industry and community partners.