Spring 2017: EngAGE for the Echo

EngAGE motivates frail adults via voice-enabled applications.

Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, Chicago Medicine

Louise Hawkley, NORC

Roscoe Nicholson, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging

Pete Wendel, Founder, The Difference Collaborative


What’s the EngAGE team trying to solve?

Maintaining a structured therapy program long-term is a mainstay of treatment for older adults to prolonging their healthy lifespan. It is also one of the most difficult to implement but possible with the proper guidance and prompting.  “Now that therapy is over, how can we keep my mom exercising?” ENGAGE is a product concept that emerged from real life issues faced by older patients, their families, and their physicians every day.

How does the App Challenge help with this great idea?

IT Services staff Rose Pezzuti-Dyer is developing a simple proof-of-concept for a voice-enabled version of EngAGE for the Amazon Echo.  Read more...