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Analysis & Exploration: Future aging trends

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 does it mean to brainstorm topics? Next steps for co-creation

I noticed that many of the topics from our last meetup were framed as solutions or ideas for solutions -- not as topics or areas on which we might want to collaborate as a group. I thought it would be useful to discuss the differences between topics and solutions, and share my thoughts on what we might tackle next as a group.

 

 

What do seniors worry about?

We wanted to get a better understanding of what bothers seniors about aging, and what they worry about. So, we are conducting 200 interviews to find out. This article shares some of what we have learned thus far from our interviews, in support of our mission to improve the quality of life of all of us as we age.

 

 

Boomer Decision-making on Home Modifications for Aging in Place

Some of you may have participated late last year in my research survey about consumer decision making, baby boomers, and aging in place. If so, thank you very much for contributing to our collective knowledge! As of mid-November 2013, 225 people had responded to the survey: 57% boomers aged 50-64, and 43% non-boomers aged 65+. 

For decades, AARP has conducted surveys showing that 80-90% of Americans want to age in place. My survey results were similar at 78%. The literature research for my thesis, though, indicated that less than 15% of earlier...

 

 

Seniors & Communication: Plethora of Opportunity

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Tech-enhanced Life held a Design-the-Future Session with 12 residents who live in a retirement community for active, independent seniors in downtown San Francisco. The group included artists, fashion designers, market researchers, a former judge and other highly engaged and active seniors. The topic we discussed was communication: How to stay in intimate contact with people you love who live far away.

 

 

Empowering Seniors through Communication Technology

Ruth was 90 when I met her through an organization that tends to the various needs of senior citizens. Her only child was estranged from her, and my goal was to provide companionship a few hours per week. What I found amazed me and put to rest any lingering age stereotypes I still might have had. Our game plan for how to spend time changed radically.

 

 

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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