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Analysis & Exploration: Future aging trends

Aging in Place: Why Technology & Gadgets Matter

In my mind, there is a compelling argument that the right gadgets and technology can make aging in place more successful and less expensive. And by more successful, I am thinking in particular of higher quality of life, more autonomy, and less dependence on the kindness of strangers. I don't think this argument gets made much in the media or by the aging services industry though. So here it is.

 

 

Gerontech Products We Wish Existed

Here are some high-impact, gerontechnology product concepts that do not yet exist as commercially available products — although the technology to enable them already largely exists. Our hope for products like these: to significantly postpone the time at which frailty and functional disability get in the way of "living life".

 

 

Can Technology Delay Functional Decline?

My favorite question when I meet someone with an idea for a new venture is: “what problem are we trying to solve?". Here is one that is really worthwhile: Delaying functional decline as we age!

 

 

Aging "Gray Tsunami": Challenge or Opportunity

The world's growing elderly population is starting to get a lot of attention. As usual, there are several ways to look at this looming gray tsunami. The demographics are typically framed as "a challenge". I prefer to think of this as an opportunity.

 

 

The Paradox of Good UX Design for Seniors

Seniors report avoiding, or using in as stealth a manner as possible, technologies that would improve the quality of their lives — even enhance their safety — because they are associated with or specifically designed for the elderly. The paradox, then, for good UX design that addresses seniors’ needs is to do so without explicitly seeming to target the “old.”

 

 

Working at 90 and designing for age

Stimulated by a recent NPR segment on working at 90, here are some thoughts about user interfaces for older adults, and why they fall short.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Future aging trends

What We Wish A Robot or Smartphone Could Do For Us

Saratoga Retirement Community explorers take on the assignment of describing just what a robot might do for them, not only around the home, but beyond.

The Topic: If you could wave a magic wand and have your house, or robot servant magically do three things for you each week or day that... .........Read more

Senior Living After COVID: SRC Explorers

Saratoga Retirement Community residents offer thoughtful suggestions for needed changes in group housing and services based on their experiences with congregate living during the Covid-induced restrictions to occupancy. .........Read more

What I Would Change to Make My Life Better?

Longevity Explorers at Saratoga Retirement Community are asked what one thing they would change to improve their lives. .........Read more

What Would You Change to Better Your Life (2)?

The Explorers are challenged to think of the one thing in their lives they would change if they could do so by waving a magic wand. .........Read more

What Would You Change to Better Your Life (1)?

The group is asked "If you had a magic wand, and could change one thing in your life for the better, what would that thing be?" .........Read more

Jobs we wish a robot could do for us

Sequoias, San Francisco, Explorers are challenged to let their imagination create a list of household tasks that they would like done for them by an intelligent device. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Future aging trends (shared by our Explorers)

K4Connect

 
K4Connect
 

K4Connect has created a technology platform (called the K4Community) designed to be a "smart OS for senior living". It includes a variety of smarthome devices and the use of Alexa as a Voice Interface, all connected to an enterprise system that helps a senior living facility "manage" its...

 

 

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