Longevity Explorers: About

The Longevity Explorers are a unique sharing, evaluation, and ideation community— made up of older adults (in their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s), and their friends, families, and caregivers.

Introduction to the Longevity Explorers

 

View this video of Richard Caro describing the Longevity Explorer initiative in a talk at the American Society on Aging, March 2018.

 

Explorers of the Future of Aging and the Longevity Economy

The Longevity Explorers community includes circles of older adults who meet regularly face-to-face, as well as a larger “virtual” community of explorers who participate via the Tech-enhanced Life website and email.

We believe a variety of socio-economic and demographic factors will change greatly the experience of aging for us and for those who come after us. We know some of the current paradigms of growing older need to change. And we want to influence these changes.

We see ourselves as “explorers” of the future of aging. We want to explore new approaches to living as we grow older, and new products and services. We see the community of Longevity Explorers as a place to explore new ideas and a place where innovative people come to learn how we think about growing older, and to get help developing new and better products and services for future generations.

This community leverages the insights, and years of accumulated wisdom, of older adults themselves to accelerate the emergence of novel solutions to some of the challenges of aging. We are especially interested in technology-enabled products that can push off the time at which functional decline gets in the way of living life to the full.

 

Purpose, Goals, Activities

For more details, you can read this description of our purpose, goals, and activities — developed by Longevity Explorer community members.

 

Business Model

The Longevity Explorer community has been funded primarily by Tech-enhanced Life, PBC during its first three years of life, with support from several non-profit organizations that host individual circles. We are working on a business model that will make the Longevity Explorer community financially self-sustaining, and generate economic benefit for the explorers. 

 

 

Engage With Us

 

For Older Adults:

Interested in becoming a Longevity Explorer or starting a new circle? Register your interest and learn more. It's free.

Become a Longevity Explorer: Learn more.

 

For Product Developers:

Want to engage with our Longevity Explorer community to get help with your new product or service?

"Services for Innovators": Learn More.

 

Learn More: Longevity Explorers Roll Up Their Sleeves

 

In our first 24 months, our 5 circles of older adults (Longevity Explorers) had more than 100 face-to-face circle meetings at which together we explored unmet needs related to growing older; tried out, critiqued and compared various interesting products; and engaged in brainstorming and ideation for new and better products to help improve the quality of life as we age. We are quite excited about the results of our explorations, and this article is to share some of them. .........Read more