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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

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 artifical 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Medication Management Systems: Which?

"Good" medication management is widely believed to be desirable, by older adults as well as by clinicians. This article is about what factors make medication management systems useful for a given person, and outlines a series of circumstances for which specific features of these products can be helpful. Think of this as a "how to get started" guide to the topic of medication management systems.

 

 

Sensors, Dementia, Safety: Real World Experiences

Using a handful of simple, non-intrusive sensors, retired engineer Bob Glicksman has been able to learn all sorts of important things about the daily routine of an elderly person, who has cognitive impairment, and for whom he cares. He has been able to make multiple successful interventions to stave off what might have otherwise been serious adverse events. In fact, this simple sensor setup has worked better than he expected, and he shares his experiences, as an example of a real world use case in which a small addition of technology can accomplish a lot.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Devices, Tools, Objects

Best Video Call Technology

Now that we are all "sheltering in place", finding ways to interact virtually with people from our homes has rocketed up people's priority list.

We have had quite a few emails now from people wanting to know the best way to have video calls with their family and friends. Here are some... ....... Read more

Pill Holders @ SF

SF Longevity Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill holders. .........Read more

Pill Holders @ SF

SF Longevity Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill holders. .........Read more

Pill Holders @ SF

SF Longevity Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill holders. .........Read more

Pill Holders @ SF

SF Longevity Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill holders. .........Read more

Pill Holders @ SF

SF Longevity Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill holders. .........Read more

 

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

Trelawear: Medical Alert Meets Jewelry

 
Trelawear medical alert
 

Trelawear is launching a new line of jewelry that functions as a medical alert. The idea is to create a medical alert pendant that looks attractive, and not like a medical alert at all.

 

ActiveCare Bed

 
 

The ActiveCare Bed by Med-Mizer is designed to allow a limited mobility person to safely get into and out of bed, and to protect the caregiver from injury as well.

 

Pria: Home Care Companion

 
Pillo Robot
 

Pria is a voice activated robot intended to manage medications as well as provide health and wellness information via the Internet and an app.
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Sereonic TV Soundbox

 

Speaker that can play the sound from a TV, and be positioned right by a person who needs it to be louder, with independent volume control.

 

The Gilhoolie Jar Opener

 
Gilhoolie Jar Opener
 

The Gilhoolie Jar Opener is a device intended to make easy work of opening tight jar lids and bottle caps.

 

CallToU Caregiver Call Button

 

CallToU is a wireless call system intended for indoor use to alert the intended helper that assistance is needed by the user.

 

Bemer Vascular Therapy Products

 
Bemer Therapy Products
 

Bemer products are intended to produce beneficial health effects by stimulating the vascular system in the smallest blood vessels.

 

Zinger Chair

 
Zinger chair
 

The Zinger Chair is a mobility device designed to be more agile and portable than standard wheelchairs.

 

EZ Lite Cruiser Portable Mobility Device

 

The EZ Lite CruiserR Portable Mobility Device is a folding power wheel chair designed to be taken by travelers on air and cruise lines.

 

 

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