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Artificial Intelligence and Robots: What Older Adults Want

While there has been lots written by academics, companies, and futurists about the potential of robots and AI in aged care, the voice of the older adult is generally absent from these discussions. Here are the opinions of the Longevity Explorers as to problems they wish a robot, smarthome, or Artifical Intelligence could solve for them. .........Read more


 

 

Staying Independent as an Older Adult: The Challenges

Staying "Independent" as long as possible is one of the most important priorities for many people as they age. But what do older adults really mean when they talk of being "independent", and what are the obstacles to staying independent? .........Read more


 

 

Quickly Getting Help for a Friend in Need

"Hi, this is Lisa. I'm not sure I can take care of myself right now. Can you bring me some food?" I found that scary sounding message on my voicemail one Saturday morning. It started me on a journey to coordinate care for a close friend. I learned several things that I'll share with you. I hope that if you are ever faced with a similar situation, my experience will help you. .........Read more


 

 

How a Continuing Care Retirement Community Works

How a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) works is a question that often pops up when our explorer discussions turn to where and how to live as one gets older. This article explains how this model of retirement living works, and discusses their financial model. .........Read more


 

 

Low Vision: Aids, Adaptations & Resources

People with low vision often benefit from adaptations, low vision aids and devices, and supportive resources for their daily activities. This article is about these tools. .........Read more


 

 

Low Vision Apps for iPhone and Android

Low Vision App Overview

Here is an overview of useful Apps for people with Low Vision. It includes Low Vision Apps for the iPhone and for Android devices. .........Read more


 

 

Private Patient Advocates

As our healthcare system becomes more complex and hard to navigate, a new profession has emerged: patient advocacy. Patient advocates are people who work to help patients navigate the healthcare system, and can in principle help save money, and help make sure one gets the best possible treatment when ill. In this article, we asked one of this new breed, Patricia Knight, to help our readers understand better: what is a patient advocate, what do they do, and do you need one? .........Read more


 

 

Adventures of Designing a Universal Toenail Clipper

Recent Ithaca College Occupational Therapy Student Rebecca Helbraun discovers the challenge that toenail cutting poses for older adults; does some research; and invents, designs and prototypes a new solution. She shares her journey here. .........Read more


 

 

Amazon Echo and Alexa for the Elderly

The older adults in our explorer groups have recently become interested in a relatively new product: the Amazon Echo and its artificial intelligence Alexa. Here are their thoughts on topics like: do we want one; why would we want one; what do we use it for; and wouldn't it be great if it could also do ...". .........Read more


 

 

Anyone for Tennis, by Caroline Mustard

Best Art Apps for Adult Learners

What are the Best Art Apps to start with on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices? I’ve been teaching people, especially those close to my own age, how to use their iPads, iPhones and Android devices creatively since I fell in love with painting and drawing on my iPad 5 years ago.  And this is always the most asked question. In this article I will be discussing different art apps you can use to turn your iPad or android tablet into a canvas or sketchbook and start creating up a storm. .........Read more


 

Roundtrip Medical Transportation
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Roundtrip Medical Transportation is an Internet based service intended to make ordering non emergency patient transport more convenient by using a network of public and private providers.

Ride N Care
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Ride N Care is a ride service designed to provide transportation for elders who would benefit from having a companion to see them safely throughout their trip.

Loop communication device
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Loop is an Internet connected monitor and iOS app intended to be a communication device that allows the user to share video, photos, and video chat.

3G GPS Tracker
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The 3G VisionOne GPS Tracker/Monitor is a GPS device intended, with a smartphone app, to serve as a personal safety alarm as well as a location tracker, among other cellular based functionalities.

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hearing amplifier
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The Britzgo Hearing Amplifier is intended to offer an affordable alternative to costly hearing aids.

Explorer Jean Marie reports her approval of an affordable hearing amplifier which helps her greatly when watching films in theatres or television at home.

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Explorer Wilma finds it too difficult to find and latch seat belts in the back seat of a car.

Explorer AnnieScott describes the functions of her Movado Connect, a smartwatch in the form of a fashionable timepiece.

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Explorer Lynn introduces the group to her search for the best way to securely store passwords and the like - either online or offline - or both.

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Explorer Marty is aware of the discussion about current medical uses for marijuana, but knows little of how she herself might benefit to control pain and discomfort from old injuries.

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Explorer Marty shares her innovative idea for keeping her analog address book up to date. She explains that as people change addresses, or an entire alphabetical page may become filled with changes, she keeps some pages of labels in the back of the book to stick over an old address and enter the...

Explorer Shirley reports that a device she purchased to open plastic packaging not only is unhelpful to her, but arrived wrapped in plastic packaging material that she herself was unable to open without assistance.

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Explorer Shirley asks why manufacturers package their products in vessels that are not designed to be friendly to older hands.

Explorer AnnieScott describes a suspicious phone call with someone who had personal information about certain of her prior business transactions.

San Francisco Longevity Explorer Eileen asks the meaning of the term 'wireless', and whether it is the same thing as Wi-Fi.

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Featured Research

 

Medical Alert Systems: Help

Medical Alert Systems GuideWe kept getting asked "which medical alert system is best?"; and "how do I choose the right medical alert system for me?". This independent, objective, hands-on research tries to answer those questions. If you are looking for a medical alert system, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.

Choose the Right Medical Alert System for YOU

 

Useful Apps Club

Useful Apps ClubUnlock the potential of your smartphone or tablet to improve your life. The Useful Apps Club is for older adults and Boomers who have a smartphone or tablet (or are thinking of getting one) and need help to turn it into a useful tool. We are focused on finding Apps that can change your life, and teaching you how to use them. 

View: The Useful Apps Club

 

Reduce Fall Risk

Avoid FallsRead the "best of the web" on: Avoiding Falling. Our team of clinicians and citizen analysts has scoured the web for the best available answers to a set of questions designed to help you make falling less likely, and make the consequences if you do fall less bad.

View: Avoid the Perils of Falling

 

Guide: Home Sensor Systems

Home Sensor SystemsRead our report on this new category of products, designed to help seniors stay at home longer, and to help their families worry about them less. There are important lessons to be learned about which ones work, and for which types of circumstance they are optimal.

View: Home Sensor System Guide