Sharers, Co-creation (p1):
Sharers, Makers, and other "Co-creators" who are interested in collaborating to create new solutions for the challenges of aging.
Overcome Today's Challenges. Avoid Tomorrow's.
Products for Seniors: Could Do Better
After several years of product evaluations and unmet need explorations with groups of older adults, this is my most striking take-away. "While there is no shortage of problems for which older adults would like solutions, the vast majority of products we have looked at are either hard for elderly people to use, or do poorly the "job" our older adult demographic wants to get done". This article is about why (in my opinion) this is the case, and about errors to avoid.
Sensors, Dementia, Safety: Real World Experiences
Using a handful of simple, non-intrusive sensors, retired engineer Bob Glicksman has been able to learn all sorts of important things about the daily routine of an elderly person, who has cognitive impairment, and for whom he cares. He has been able to make multiple successful interventions to stave off what might have otherwise been serious adverse events. In fact, this simple sensor setup has worked better than he expected, and he shares his experiences, as an example of a real world use case in which a small addition of technology can accomplish a lot.
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.
Inventor Road Trip
Earlier this month we invited the inventor of a new type of walker to come along to one of the Longevity Collective circle meetings and show the older adults members of our circle the prototype of her invention and get their feedback. It was pretty interesting. This article is about the experience.
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.
Intersection of aging and co-creation
Last month I gave a talk on co-creation and the future of aging at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. You can view the entire talk below.
Stylishness: What is it? Do we care?
Generational Learning Styles: Impact on Product Design
Explorers Conceptualize a Better Grabber
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
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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....
The ability to put shoes on and off without having to use hands can benefit people in rehab as well as older adults with small motor or arthritic deficits. This novel product may solve a multitude of problems.
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...
Interesting look at the tension between old and new in the tech world
An interesting article. As we ponder how to make our ideas into something real consider:
Recently, an engineer at a funded-to-the-gills start-up in San Francisco texted me to grumble about his company’s software architecture. Its code base was bug-ridden and...
The Internet of Things: Market analysis
Harbor Research is a research and consulting firm, focusing on the "Internet of Things" and "Smart Services." The wave of connected devices has been coming for some time. According to their research it is about to hit hard. There are significant implications for the convergence of smart home and...
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',...
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