What do seniors worry about?

Our mission is to find ways to improve the quality of life of people as they age, and help their families and loved ones worry about them less. We felt the right place to start was getting a better understanding of what bothers seniors about aging, and what they worry about. This article shares some of what we have learned thus far from our interviews.

We have recently been talking to lots of seniors, and their families, to better understand where there might be opportunities to create new products or services that can improve the quality of life of us all as we age. Some themes emerge. The presentation below describes some of those themes extracted from some survey work we have been doing of adults in the 70+ age range in the USA.

The Tag cloud on left shows the top "themes" that surfaced when we asked "What worries you most about aging?"

At present, our co-creation community is brainstorming about what "topics" we should be focusing on for our co-creation efforts. Hopefully, the material in the slides below will give you some ideas. You can see links at the bottom of this article that will take you to pages where you can view the co-creation topics suggested thus far, and make your own suggestions for topics we should work on together.

Tech-enhanced Life survey of senior "worries"

 

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We are doing lots more of this sort of work, both in face to face interviews and in surveys. Feel free to contact us if you are interested.
 
 
 
 
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Key words: 
aging, Aging in place, quality of life, seniors, technology, worries

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Dave Jaffe of Stanford Engineering sent the following message after I described the iForget concept to him

>>Hi Elaine

I think the iPhone with Siri can do a lot of what you want.

Any wrist-worn device would have to be connected to the
cloud or a remote speech-to-text service as the conversion can
not jet be done on an isolated portable device.

There are certainly a lot of devices that serve as reminders
including voice recorders starting at $25.

But to remember many day's worth of events, there would have
to be a system of classifying the info. For example, there
might be a database of what you wore every day, another for
what you ate every day, another for what you bought recently,
etc, etc, etc, etc.

But imagine a voice system where you would generate tweets to yourself
and have your device search for a particular item by date, time, or
topic.

Another system could rely on images that you take and identify
during the day. The SenseCam is worn around the neck and
takes periodic photos as you walk around your day.

New camera promises to capture your whole life
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17992-new-camera-promises-to-capture-your-whole-life.html

You may want to attend this presentation on June 5th:
A Cognitive Aid with Planning, Context-aware Reactivity, & Coordination with Caregivers
 
Hope this helps

Dave>>

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Written by: Richard Caro. Posted: Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:07. 

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