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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compare Retirement Housing
Explorers created this summary of pros and cons of different retirement housing types, 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.
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".
Best Rollator (Walker) for You
When acquiring a Rollator or Walker, which features matter for a given individual? And how does one decide which walker or rollator to get for yourself, or a friend? This is the theme of this Explorer Insight report from explorer Don S.
Where & How We Want to Live
Where and how we want to live as we age has been the subject of quite a few of our Longevity Explorer discussions, especially in those circles made up of Boomers. We Boomers wonder: should we move, and to which type of living situation? Listen to the audio of real people discussing these topics.
Toenail Clippers for Elderly People
Our circles of older adults have been exploring toenail clippers for elderly people. They explain that older adults often have nails that are hard to cut or hard to reach. The explorers are especially interested in toenail clippers for thick toenails, and toenail clippers that will work when a person has arthritis, and thus can not exert a strong grip on the nail clipper.
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.