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Intergenerational Design Opinions

What happens when you bring together a group of older adult Longevity Explorers and the teams participating in the Stanford Longevity Design Challenge? You get some interesting and contrasting opinions about what the differences should be between designing for a 25 year old and designing for an 85 year old. .........Read more


 

 

What They Want vs What You Think They Need

I've said it before. Most of the products for older adults that we see are frankly not very good. This article is about two especially common pitfalls. I think of them as the "eat your broccoli" error, and the "I know how to market to 40 year olds" issue. .........Read more


 

 

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


 

DayClock
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DayClocks are app driven tablets designed to include the day of the week, the time of day, and timely messages and photos to enhance orientation in persons with cognitive challenges.

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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This lengthy recording covers several different topics: The starting point for different segments is indicated.

START: The i-cloud is better for synching your calendar and contacts across all your devices’ instantly than i-Tunes which has a lag time.

Facetime: Wonderful for...

Explorer Sandra asks the group about how to maintain physical and mental wellbeing in later years to maintain the enjoyment of life, and to avoid a focus on the down side of growing older.

Explorer Eileen tells of lessons learned when placing a relative in assisted living.

Software and Aps develop and change unrelentingly and some seniors have a hard time keeping up. One concern is that the aps some seniors have become familiar with are no longer supported or used by the people they want to keep in touch with. An example is Facebook and E-mail that are no longer...

Explorer Diana shares a recent Wall Street Journal article about the importance of having fun as we age.

What is isolation? Is it a choice, a mindset or just a lack of options? For some it's something in the future, not now, but more associated with future incapacitation. Another view is from a member who likes to be alone with friends checking  in – so he may be alone, but he is not lonely....

Robotics and AI for Seniors. One member is fascinated with developments in this field and wants to find a way to keep up with what is available and affordable. She does not have a specific application in mind but may need help with declining eyesight.

Someone reminded us that Alexa can...

The Explorer group responds to a controversial question: When should I stop driving in later years, and how should that be decided?

The group is discussing use of the Uber app, which leads to a series of anecdotes and questions from members

Conversation starts with mention of Wii as a product that gets you to exercise at home. Someone further extolled the value of U-tube, this time to provide balance and fitness instructions, especially when hooked up to your TV. The value of walking on rough ground had a strong advocate, as long...

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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