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

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...

 

 

Technology & the Future of Aging: OLLI, Berkeley

This is a live recording (slides and audio) of a talk given by Richard Caro entitled "The Future of Aging, & the Intersection of Aging & Technology". 

This talk was given in October, 2018, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Berkeley, as part of...

 

 

What Explorers Say

"I like attending because I get new ideas and new twists on old ideas that help me in my disorganized life." Dr. John W-W.

"... fabulous "pop corn" style discussions.  One person often feeds thought to the next person in the room.  Lynn D.

"I attend these sessions because I always learn about a product or idea that is relevant to my life today.  I am 70 years old and in good health so some of the ideas are for future consideration.  I am also inspired by people/older adults who are still active, willing to share, and able to express themselves clearly." Marilyn S.

Putting Older Adults at the Center of Technology Conversations

Richard Caro was interviewed recently by Dr. Leslie Kernisan for her podcast: "Better Health While Aging".