Mobility Aids (p1)

The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

 

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Kai Demonstrates His Volaris Rollator Walker

Explorer Kai tells the group why the Volaris rollator-type walker attracted his attention, and why he chose the Volaris brand to meet his needs.

 


 

Endorsed: An Assist Device to Get In and Out of the Car

Explorer Rosalie brings a sample of an item that she highly recommends as an aid for getting into or out of an automobile.

 


 

Rollators and Walkers: What are the features that matter?

A circle member presents a helpful summary of his gleanings from his research for an ambulation assistive device. The group gained insights into the differences between a walker and a rollator, and many more useful tips for choosing, including:

 


 

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.

 


 

Portable Mobility Devices

Explorer Rosalie describes a portable motorized mobility device that folds to a compact size, and one that she has often seen used on shipboard.

 


 

How to Get Out of the Bath?

Explorer Judy reports that getting out of the bathtub is becoming problematic for her.

 


 

Canes with Extras: Show & Tell

The Explorers look at a prototype cane as well as a mass produced model, and discuss the pros and cons of both designs.

 


 

Peripheral Neuropathy & Gait Inventions: EVC pt 2

These explorers talk about peripheral neuropathy, and gait improvement ideas, and they comment on their personal experiences with the condition.

 


 

Exploring Gait and Balance Problems

Explorers discuss gait and balance challenges that result from conditions like peripheral neuropathy. We explore what sort of problems people have and speculate about ideas for gadgets that might help compensate for these challenges.

 


 

Is there a gadget to help open or close doors?

Explorer Ray introduces the problem of how disabled persons or persons in wheelchairs can close doors as they leave a room, or open the door when they arrive.

 


 

About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Mobility Aids is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Mobility Aids, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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