Get ideas you can use today. For you, or for your parents. Hear members of our Explorer Circles discuss challenges they have experienced as part of growing older, and ways they have compensated for those challenges with new products or services or other work-arounds.
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
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
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
Medication Management Tips from Older Adults
Learn what older adults themselves think about the challenges of medication management. Listen to discussions about the things our explorers care about; how they approach managing their medications; which products they prefer (the best pill organizers, and most successful pill reminder techniques); and what problems they face. .........Read more
The "Getting Around" App Portfolio
"Getting Around" is the first theme we are exploring in our "Useful Apps for Older Adults" initiative. Being free to get from one place to another when you want is a very important ingredient of an independent life. We think there are some Apps that can make that easier and more convenient. .........Read more
Getting In and Out of Cars: Gadgets that Help
Our explorers have been trying out various gadgets that let them get in and out of cars more easily. We have explored a swivel car seat and a sort of extra "car handle for the elderly", known as either a Car Cane or a Handybar. .........Read more
Best Jar Opener for Older Adults
Our explorer circles of older adults evaluated a range of jar openers, and found big differences between them. If you need a jar opener to help open jars for whatever reason, this synthesis will tell you which ones our Longevity Explorers liked and why they liked them. .........Read more
Retirement Living: Comparison Matrix & Talk
Retirement Living expert John Milford has created this talk and comparison matrix of pros and cons of different retirement living alternatives, using San Francisco Bay Area examples to illustrate the comparison process. Details include entry fee sizes, ongoing financial obligations, application requirements, and which entities oversee the different housing types. .........Read more
Best lighted cane
Our Explorer circles of older adults wanted a walking cane with a light that would help make getting out at night safer. The Explorers found some promising lighted canes online, purchased a few that looked especially good, tried them out, and decided on one which was "the best". .........Read more
Help from our Crowd
Every month members of the Longevity Explorer Circles meet and compare notes on challenges they face (related to growing older), and ways they have "solved" those challenges.
Harness the power of the crowd to improve quality of life.
It often turns out that one member of a circle has a challenge that is bothering him or her, and another one has already gone through the same experience and has found a solution. There are many examples of this in the audio recordings of circle discussions on this site.
This section of the Tech-enhanced Life website is the place to come when you think to yourself "If only there was a way I could do xxx".
See what others have done and learn from them, and avoid having to reinvent the wheel. And save the time and energy of having to figure out everything for yourself from scratch.
Examples of challenges
These were all topics of recent circle discussions, and appear in our collection of "voices".
- My imperfect hearing gets in the way of enjoying concerts and social engagements as much as I used to. I wish there were a way to change that.
- I find it hard to get in and out of a car now, because of arthritis in my hip. I wish I could find a product that made this less of an annoyance.
- I keep mislaying my car keys and reading glasses. I wish there way a way I could "push a button" and have something tell me where they are.