What do seniors worry about?

Written by: Richard Caro. Posted: February 28, 2014. 


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.


Reader Comments: "What do seniors worry about?"


from [email protected] (member) at May 29, 2014

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

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

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



from TiffanyAyala (unverified) at December 29, 2017



from Jim Bedient owner Age In Place Home Safety Consultant LLC  (unverified) at March 23, 2022

I would like to use the Tag Cloud "What senior worry about" in a presentation that I present to seniors for my "Aging In Place Home Safety Consultant LLC" work activities. I would also like to use the tag cloud on my Google My Business site. I have prominently noted that the source is "Tech-enhanced Life" website. Thank you, Jim Bedient subscriber to your latest series of bi-weekly presentations.


from Wendl Kornfeld (unverified) at April 01, 2022

I work mostly with senior solo agers and their biggest concerns are a) having no one trustworthy/available to act as their Power of Attorney and/or Health Care Proxy, b) that there will be no one who really cares what happens to them if and when they need critical help navigating later years.


from Tybet (unverified) at May 11, 2022

I have exactly the same issues. I hope someone can provide suggestions.


from Laura Robichek (unverified) at April 10, 2022

My biggest worry is how to find somebody both trustworthy and caring (and hopefully also affordable) who will take care of me when I am no longer able to take care of myself.


from John Peter Aigner (member) at May 23, 2022


Laura I am an 84 year old male with similar issues. My approach has been to find people to act as associates, or part-time assistance for the time being. That way I will find Helpers who may in the future be able to take on a greater role. Also I am planning to start a longevity Circle in the area in which I live, in order to explore these issues further. Hope this is helpful. John Aigner

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