Sharers, Co-creation (p4):

Sharers, Makers, and other "Co-creators" who are interested in collaborating to create new solutions for the challenges of aging. 

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Analysis & Exploration: Sharers, Co-creation

Isolation and Loneliness: HaveYourSay Circle

In the last co-creation meeting one group focussed on the issues of seniors being isolated and lonely. This is one of the top problems for seniors. As we age we lose our spouse and our friends. We also lose the ability to drive and get around. This results in isolation and loneliness. Our group identified the following things.

 

 

Fall Prevention: HaveYourSay Circle

On June 4th our Aging in Place Technologies Meetup held a HaveYourSay circle on the topic of preventing falls. We learned a lot about the problem, and discussed a number of quite interesting solution "ideas".

 

 

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.

 

 

How to articulate a problem that needs solving, and which seniors have

At our last Meetup we spent a lot of time talking about how to articulate a "problem" in a useful way that can lead to solutions and effective brainstorming. We also tested out the process by having participants stand up and discuss the "problem" they care about with the circle. This article is a reference to remind everyone how to articulate a "problem".

 

 

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.

 

 

Aging in Place Meetup selects topics to work on.

On Wed March 19 we held the third meeting of the Aging in Place Technologies Meetup group. The goal of the group is to co-create the future of aging.

At our prior meeting the group identified 16 broad topic areas that sounded valuable and interesting to at least some of the members. Last week we agreed on the criteria for winnowing this down, and then voted to select a handful of topics to work on going forward. In addition, we did some rather thought provoking brainstroming about some specific "problems", and worked together on a common approach to articulating problems. A summary of the meeting follows.

 

 

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

How Explorers Learn New Things

The Explorer group discusses their experiences and insights on how they go about learning new things. .........Read more

 

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

Cubigo

 

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.
 

 

SevenPonds: End-of-Life Planning

 

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

 

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....

 

Quikiks

 

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...

 

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.

 

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

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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...

 

 

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