Sharers, Co-creation (p1):

Sharers, Makers, and other "Co-creators" who are interested in collaborating to create new solutions for the challenges of aging. "Makers" are people who build things in their garage or hobby shop. Creators and hobbysits. Helping to create with their own hands the future of aging.

Overcome Today's Challenges. Avoid Tomorrow's.

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Analysis & Exploration: Sharers, Co-creation

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... .........Read more

 

 

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... .........Read more

 

 

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... .........Read more

 

 

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... .........Read more

 

 

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. .........Read more

 

 

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. .........Read more

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Sharers, Co-creation

Stylishness: What is it? Do we care?

Intergenerational discussion about stylishness. What is it? Does it matter? Does it mean different things for different age groups, and if so what? .........Read more

Generational Learning Styles: Impact on Product Design

Intergenerational discussion about Learning Styles. How do they differ between generations? What is the impact of that on developing products for older adults? .........Read more

Explorers Conceptualize a Better Grabber

In this fun brainstorming session, explorers conceptualize in detail a more versatile 'reacher-grabber' tool than those which are currently available. .........Read more

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

All-terrain walker demonstration

Our group had a demonstration of a prototype all-terrain walker, invented / designed by Elaine Levin who came along to show us her product concept. .........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

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Sharers, Co-creation (shared by our Explorers)

 
useful apps, Cubigo, tablet apps
 

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.

 
 
 

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.
 

 
 
 

SevenPonds is a website and blog addressing the contemporary way Boomers are changing death and dying.

 
 
Age in Place Council
 

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....

 
 
Shoes, Hands Free, Quickiks
 

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...

 
 
Aging with Tech Support
 

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.

 
 

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

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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...

 

 

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