Sharers, Co-creation (p6):

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

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...

 

 

Falling Down The Stairs; Understanding the needs and motivations of Seniors

In order for our community to move forward with the development of technologies that will enable baby boomers to age in place we will need to understand the needs and motivations of Seniors. The psychology of aging is relevant and necessary as we proceed. I am going to present a model that should help us gain a general perspective on this very complex subject.

 

 

Code To Spot Anomalous Behavior

This is a nontechnical discussion regarding the code that can spot anomalous behavior and the inferences that can be made. This may be the biggest single challenge for realizing clever, tech-enabled solutions forAging In Place?

 

 

Aging in Place needs a Business Model

Aging in Place is a widely popular concept. Seniors want it. Economists think it has to happen if we are not all to go broke. And there is lots of technology being developed that may help. But, picking the right business model is a thorny issue.

 

 

Our aging world as a graphic

Food for thought. What will life be like when a third of the population in a country is over 60? We definitely need ways for "80 to become the new 60".

 

 

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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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.
 

 

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...

 

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...

 

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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