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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

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Devices, Tools, Objects

Can Photo Sharing Stimulate Deeper Interactions?

Our explorers are discussing photo sharing as a tool for deeper engagement with family living far away. Join the discussion. Share your insights in the comments.

Of course, we all know about sharing photos and videos on Social Media, and "Likes". But, what if your aging... ....... Read more

Idea / Challenge

Hi there! I want to start off by saying that if it wasn't for this community and the instructions on how to use the Amazon Echo and set up the device for a person without a smartphone, my family and I wouldn't have been able to interact with my father this past year while he was in skilled care... ....... 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

Dementia & Cognition Tech: Join the Discussion

Our explorers are discussing tech to help care for people with cognition issues. Join the discussion. Share your insights in the comments.

Do you have experience with a useful product, or a "problem that needs solving" — relating to dementia or mild cognitive impairment... ....... Read more

Knowledge Sharing Impacts Lives

Knowledge sharing about  LED lighted magnifier glasses had a positive impact on the daily life of a Circle member. .........Read more

 

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

Vision Buddy

 
Vision Buddy
 

Vision Buddy is a headgear device that is intended to be worn by visually impaired persons to aid in 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.

 

GetSetUp

 
GetSetUp
 

GetSetUp.io is an interactive social and learning system designed to help seekers learn new tech skills or get started on new tech projects. 

 

iGPS Phoenix Watch

 
Phoenix Watch from iGPS
 

The iGPS Phoenix Watch is intended to be worn by older adults or children and - when paired with the app - to keep track of their movements, signal departure from a designated location, and provide cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections where available.

 

Support.com

 
Support.com
 

Support.com is an online tech support service intended to provide remote help and solutions to computer and other device-related problems.

 

Total Tech Support

 
Total Tech Support
 

Total Tech Support from Best Buy is a membership fee-based service intended to provide a range of tech support services and discounts on repairs.

 

WellBe

 
WellBe from HandsFree Health
 

WellBe from HandsFree Health is a virtual healthcare assistant, which comes in a smart speaker and, optionally, with a modern-looking, smartwatch-type medical alert.

 

Memory-Lane.Tv

 
Memory-Lane.Tv
 

Memory Lane is a multi-media intervention designed to be a non-pharmaceutical approach to dementia using customized entertainment for people living with dementia.

 

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. 

 

 

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