Sharers, Co-creation (p5):
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.
First small steps to co-creating the future of aging
Last night we held the second meeting of the Meetup group: "Aging in Place technologies: collaboratively co-creating the future of aging". We wanted to attract people looking to roll up their sleeves and collaborate and actually work together on solving the challenges of aging, and that's exactly who came along. It was quite exciting.
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...
Seniors & Communication: A Plethora of Opportunity Areas
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.
Seniors Embrace Social Media in Surprising Numbers
One of the writers I featured in my new book, The Vintage years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty, didn't begin to write her first book until she was in her eighties. And realizing at that time that her preferred method of pen and paper was no longer efficient, she embarked on learning how to use a computer. At ninety-two she's quite proficient at the keyboard and no stranger to email.
Why the Renewed Interest in Hardware, and What Does It mean for Aging In Place Technologies?
In Silicon Valley, as elsewhere, there is a general perception that there is a renewed interest in hardware. Many of my colleagues believe this is happening because of the commoditization of sensor technologies. Because of the cell phones and automobile industries, sensors cost pennies. You can use a LCD display, used in a Nokia 5110 cell phone, for under a dollar in your new product. Because of the automobile airbag industry, accelerometers cost just pennies. Cameras, infrared, and touch sensors are all available at very low cost. Because of the commoditization of these cell...
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
What Makes Design for Elders Different?
(You can filter by topic and see hundreds more discussions like these)
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...
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...
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...
(You can filter by topic and see hundreds more useful products and resources like these)