Assistive Devices (p1):

Research, explorations, discussions, and products and resources relating to Assistive Devices: from Tech-enhanced Life.

Devices to help with hearing, vision, mobility and more. Hearing aids; Mobility aids; Memory aids; Vision aids.

 

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Analysis & Exploration: Assistive Devices

Technology & the Future of Aging

This is a live recording (slides and audio) of a talk given by Richard Caro entitled "The Future of Aging, & the Intersection of Aging & Technology". This talk was given in March 2019, at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.

 

 

Low Vision Aids, Adaptations, Resources

Learn about Low Vision Aids & Adaptations in this detailed overview by Dr Marlena Chu. For people with low vision, these tools can make a big difference to the ability to live independently, and to quality of life.

 

 

Alzheimer's Thermostat Design: Jeeves vs. Nurse Ratched

Thoughts about thermostats and people with dementia. Remember Jeeves, and Nurse Ratched? Imagine they were in charge of designing products for older adults. I wish we had the sort of products I imagine Jeeves would have designed for Bertie Wooster. Unfortunately, we seem to get the products Nurse Ratched might have dreamed up for the unfortunate inmates of "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest".

 

 

Lighted Magnifier: Read menus in dim light

Reading under poor lighting conditions is a common problem, not only for reading menus, but also for reading in bed, or seeing small type in a poorly lit space. What is needed is some type of lighted magnifier. There are four categories of solutions for this common problem. The pro’s and con’s of each solution are detailed below, as well as in the individual product listings we link to.

 

 

Inventor Road Trip

Earlier this month we invited the inventor of a new type of walker to come along to one of the Longevity Collective circle meetings and show the older adults members of our circle the prototype of her invention and get their feedback. It was pretty interesting. This article is about the experience.

 

 

Arthritis Sufferers: Struggling with Clothing?

We have been looking for  good arthritis clothing solutions. These products range from various special shoes for arthritis to a special type of arthritis bra. This article uses videos from around the web to demonstrate some of those solutions, and we add our comments and questions. 

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Assistive Devices

Hearing Loss and Loud TV: Explorer Report

Problem: My wife has lost some of her hearing and she turns up the TV volume loud to hear.

Solution: We bought a BeHear Proxy Neck Speaker and a HearLink Plus in a bundle.

Here is my report of our experience with... ....... Read more

Hearing: TV or Movies

Ever have trouble understanding what TV or movie characters are saying over the background music? Know anyone who turns the TV up so loud that it is annoying?

We are exploring gadgets that can help in situations like this. Ideally without being ugly, stigmatizing, or super expensive — if... ....... Read more

Rollator Research, U-Step 2 and Parkinson's Disease

Last year we bought a cane for my wife to help her with balance problems with her slowly advancing Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The style of the cane was more important to her than its function. I realized then it would be better to do rollator research before the illness might force us into an... ....... Read more

Review of the Trionic Veloped

It was on this site that I first learned about the Trionic Veloped, suggested as a rollator that could go anywhere off-road outdoors, but not reviewed.

I'm 70 years of age and had a back injury 6 years ago that affects the nerves in my left leg, making it painful when I... ....... Read more

Mobility Tech: Share Your Insights or Questions

Do you (or someone you care about) use any mobility tech — like cars, or bicycles? Or canes, walkers, or rollators

The Longevity Explorers are exploring mobility tech. We are interested... ....... Read more

Audiology and Hearing Healthcare Technology @ Providence

Dr. Sarah Caldwell, a clinical audiologist in private practice, led a very informative presentation dealing with the latest technological advances in audiology, with a particular focus on hearing isssues for older people. Along the way she covered the physiology of hearing, the measurement of... .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Assistive Devices (shared by our Explorers)

Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids

 
Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids
 

Bose SoundControl Hearing Aids, when used with the Bose Hear app, are intended to adjust the audio signal to the needs of the user. These are OTC hearing aids that do not require an audiologist fitting.

 

Olive Hearables

 
 

The Olive Smart Ear is a device that combined with a smartphone app is intended to filter out background noise for a clearer hearing experience.

 

BeHear Hearing Amplifiers

 
 

BeHear is a range of wearable Bluetooth hearing amplifiers designed for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

 

Avantree TV Wireless Earbuds

 
 

Avantree TV Wireless Earbuds are intended for use by hearing-impaired persons or those who do not want to disturb others when watching TV.

 

VOY Tunable Glasses

 
VOY Tunable Glasses
 

VOY tunable glasses are designed to allow the wearer to adjust either lens to accommodate varying ocular functions.

 

U-Step Walker for Neurological Conditions

 
 

U-Step Neuro products are specialized walkers and canes intended to aid ambulation and prevent falls for persons with developmental or neurological deficits such as Parkinson's. 

 

Foray Spring Rollator

 
Foray Spring Rollator
 

The Foray "Spring" is a rollator that is intended to be an improved ambulation assistive device with a sleek and stable design.

 

Acesight

 
Acesight
 

Acesight devices are wearable electronic glasses intended to improve visual acuity for low vision people.

 

Patriot ViewPoint Low Vision Glasses

 
 

Patriot ViewPoint low vision glasses are intended to be comfortable to wear and to render images, text, and objects with clarity, as well viewing television more clearly.

 

 

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