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Devices, Tools, Objects relating to better quality life as grow older.

 

For Older Adults, their Families, and Caregivers

— and for Companies Creating Innovations Related to Aging.

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Analysis & Exploration: Devices, Tools, Objects

Aging in Place: Why Technology & Gadgets Matter

In my mind, there is a compelling argument that the right gadgets and technology can make aging in place more successful and less expensive. And by more successful, I am thinking in particular of higher quality of life, more autonomy, and less dependence on the kindness of strangers. I don't think this argument gets made much in the media or by the aging services industry though. So here it is.

 

 

Gerontech Products We Wish Existed

Here are some high-impact, gerontechnology product concepts that do not yet exist as commercially available products — although the technology to enable them already largely exists. Our hope for products like these: to significantly postpone the time at which frailty and functional disability get in the way of "living life".

 

 

DIY Technology Solutions to Things Bothering My Aging Relatives

My relatives and their friends are in their 70's and 80's and 90's now, and I am finding they have some recurring "problems" that get in the way of life being as enjoyable as I think it should be. I have come up with a variety of DIY "Tech Solutions" to these problems that I have implemented for them. I hope they will be useful for you too.

 

 

How to Find "Whatsername" After All These Years?

Peter Paul and Mary had a hit single decades ago called “Whats-her-name.” The chorus goes: “I wonder whatever happened to whatshername.” Your PC might help you find not only whatshername, but also whatshisname too. Here is how to do it.

 

 

An Internet Enabled Life

Having used technology all my working life, and now being retired, I notice that many of my peers are missing out on some of the benefits that come with appropriate use of the latest technology.

In this first of a series of articles, I start by just describing my Internet-enabled life. In other parts of the series, we offer essays describing a myriad of ways the Internet can enrich your day. I want to get you “hooked” to the Internet.

 

 

Can Alexa Help Fight Loneliness and Isolation?

Perhaps it seems counterintuitive that an artificial intelligence(AI) might help combat loneliness and isolation. But as our Longevity Explorers evaluate the latest version of Alexa, paired with the Amazon Echo Show, which has an excellent video call capability, we are starting to see great potential for these products to do just that.

And while there are a variety of initiatives evaluating the potential of interactions between older adults and Alexa (Amazon's artificial intelligence) as a way to reduce loneliness, we think the communication capabilities of the Echo Show may make possible deeper human to human interactions (with friends and family for example) as well.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Devices, Tools, Objects

Seeking Help for an Electric-Assist Wheelchair

I am caregiver for a person with both Alzheimer's and COPD. Her mobility is very limited and requires transport in a wheelchair.

She is presently using an electric -powered chair, but sometimes shows poor judgement when encountring other people or obstacles. I anticipate a time when she... ....... Read more

Ideas for Music Source for Memory Care Person

Thanks always for the newsletter which I find very interesting.

My husband now lives at the Memory care unit at the CCRC where I live. He loves classic music but that’s one kind of music they do not play in that section of the CCRC.

My hope is to provide the classic music in his... ....... Read more

My Mild Hearing Loss and Air Pods Pro

This is about my experience with different types of earbuds, especially Apple earbuds. In particular, it is about a discovery I made that let me use the AirPods to compensate for my mild hearing loss.

If you like listening to music or podcasts, or regularly talk on your smartphone, you... ....... Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Devices, Tools, Objects (shared by our Explorers)

Envision Smart Glasses

Envision Smart Glasses

Envision Smart Glasses are glasses with a camera and a direct speaker that are intended to speak out text, environmental features, recognize faces, light and colors and let the user share that information.

Ome Smart Knobs

Ome Smart Knobs

Ome Smart Knobs are intended to replace standard kitchen stove control knobs and to sync with their smartphone app, allowing the user to monitor active burners and turn them off if left on accidentally.

BurnerAlert

BurnerAlert is a safety device that is attached under the control knobs of many gas or electric stoves and is designed to prevent leaving the stove on for longer than intended by emitting alerts.

Tunity Mobile App

Tunity Mobile App

Tunity is a smartphone app designed to allow the user to hear audio from a muted TV using headphones or a Bluetooth speaker.

Pedius Mobile app

Pedius Mobile app

The Pedius mobile app is designed for use by the hearing impaired to provide text to voice or voice to text messaging to reach numbers on mobile or land line phones.

Hamilton Mobile CapTel app

Hamilton Mobile CapTel app

The Hamilton Mobile CapTel smartphone app is designed to provide incoming and outgoing call captioning as well as other features.

EasyTalk Mobile App

EasyTalk Mobile App

The EasyTalk mobile iOS app with subscription options that is intended to help the user to communicate in a wide variety of languages.

ChatAble App by Therapy Box

ChatAble App by Therapy Box

ChatAble by Therapy Box is intended to assist people with communication difficulties who benefit from symbol and photo support.

Ava Mobile App

Ava Mobile App

Ava is an Android app intended to provide speech to text accessibility for persons with hearing loss.

 

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