Future aging trends (p1):
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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.
Could tech really take 20 years off your age?
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.”
Trends in Technology Use by Older Adults
Pew Research has released a report that shows a substantial increase in the use of technology by older adults. They increased the use of the Internet, smart phones, and TV.
Eye-openers from the 2014 American Society on Aging Conference
I attended my first American Society on Aging conference from March 11-14, 2014, in San Diego, CA. There were hundreds of sessions, but I was only able to attend 4-5 per day. Following are highlights from the ones I attended.
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
Help Me Understand the "Longevity Economy"
Explorer Kate asks the group to discuss the concept of the 'Longevity Economy' after being impressed that the coming wave of retirees and their generational predecessors are a force which is changing the nature of the economy and markets as we know them. .........Read more
Made to Order Products: 3D printing
Explorer Lynn asserts that since 'one size does not fit all,' manufacturers and consumers would be served by a technology that produces items designed to individuals' requirements, rather than in one size, and mass produced. .........Read more
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Cubigo offers a simplified set of applications appearing as cubes on a tablet or touchscreen monitor. The user chooses the most useful applications to support their independence, for example: for asking for help, managing and remembering medications, or talking to their caregiver.
Remember Me: The role of impact investing in dementia care
This report looks at the role of impact investing in funding and growing a new wave of social innovations to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.
Age in Place
The website of the Age in Place Council, Age in Place is a compendium of resources and services available at the local level to older adults who choose to remain at home as they age. Primarily on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., this virtual version of the Village movement is growing rapidly....
Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute
Adding the musk of proven success to the crush of youthful students defines a new approach to education at an elite university. A fellowship program offers seasoned retirees the opportunity to retrain for meaningful new projects while benefitting their youthful counterparts by virtue of their...
The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging - 2014 Report Update
This report includes an encyclopedic tour of the nexus of technology and aging. Forward-looking, it also catalogs the products available today in a myriad of categories (12) to promote health, safety, and connectedness among older adults who have chosen to age in place at home - often alone.
Coming of Age
Coming of Age is a national organization inspired by a conference led by Civic Ventures (now called Encore) in San Francisco. With a vision for all the social good that can be done by people over 50, Coming of Age sponsors volunteer careers with training stipends and educational seminars. Most...
Ten Tips for Senior Entrepreneurs
"And in those days in Egypt arose a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph..."
Unforeseen change can happen late in a career - change that closes out a vocation for an older worker and yet leads to the door of opportunity to another. For someone who believes in the advice to 'follow the open doors',...
Life2: The Analytics of Aging
Life2 is a healthcare focused predictive analytics company that helps caregivers predict and manage future health risks by providing them information on “who” is at risk, “why” they are at risk, and “what” can be done to mitigate the risk.
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