CREATE Overview

CREATE is a multidisciplinary and collaborative center founded in 1999. It is dedicated to ensure that the benefits of technology can be realized by older adults to support and enhance the independence, productivity, health, safety, social connectedness and quality of life of older people.

The center strives to develop and evaluate interventions and design solutions to promote successful technology adoption among older adults.

CREATE represents a consortium of four universities:

  • University of Miami
  • Florida State University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


CREATE’s directive is to ensure that older adults can successfully use technology and realize the potential benefits of technology. Our objectives are to expand our understanding of:

  1. the needs and preferences of older adults with respect to technology, barriers to access, and problems with existing and emerging systems;
  2. how person characteristics influence person/technology interactions;
  3. design strategies that promote successful technology uptake;
  4. how access to and interactions with technology impact on the health, quality of life and independence of older adults.


The Center consists of four integrated functional units: The Administrative Core provides leadership, direction, and oversight for the Center’s activities and support for the research projects; the Dissemination Core is involved in outreach to government agencies and Congress, develops guidelines for industry and older adults and advances publication and media opportunities; the Statistical Core provides statistical and technical support for the Center’s research projects and the Research Programs which consist of integrated studies at the three sites with an emphasis on translational research.

A picture of the CREATE PIs:

From left to right: Joseph Sharit, Sara Czaja, Neil Charness, Wendy Rogers, Wally Boot. Photo by Brian Tietz.



Thursday, June 14, 2018

CREATE Principal Investigator Dr. Neil Charness has received two honors for a career of work on longevity and on technology for older adults, from the Committee on Aging of the American Psychological Association and from the International Society for Gerontechnology. Click here to read more!

Monday, June 11, 2018

The first entry in a video series that explains CREATE research in brief has been uploaded to the CREATE YouTube channel! This video reviews findings from a randomized controlled trial which included over 300 older adults at risk for social isolation. The results showed multiple benefits for those using the Personal Reminder Information & Social Management System (PRISM). Click here to watch, and remember to like the video and subscribe to the channel for more videos like this as they become available!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

CREATE now has a YouTube channel! The first upload is a video of when Drs. Neil Charness and Sara Czaja of the CREATE Team gave a webinar on integrating older adults into today's work environment, covering a broad array of relevant topics founded in research. Click here to watch!


Recent Publications

Human Factors and Aging Series
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(Japanese translation) Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approaches
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book cover reading Designing for Older Adults