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.
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
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
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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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.
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....
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...
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...
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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