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

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Analysis & Exploration: Devices, Tools, Objects

Canes Aren't Old Looking Anymore

This is an article about canes that have modern improvements and look modern. If you use a cane, you will want to read this.

 

 

Needed Walker Improvements: More Functionality and Customization

Walkers are a life-saver for many people. They help older adults avoid falls and keep their independence. They also help patients in the hospitals who are recovering from surgeries or illnesses. They fill a need and many probably don’t think to examine the walker any further. However there hasn’t been much innovation in the walker arena in many years. The basic design has changed little and there is definitely room for improvement.

 

 

Seniors Embrace Social Media in Surprising Numbers

One of the writers I featured in my new book, The Vintage years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty, didn't begin to write her first book until she was in her eighties. And realizing at that time that her preferred method of pen and paper was no longer efficient, she embarked on learning how to use a computer. At ninety-two she's quite proficient at the keyboard and no stranger to email.

 

 

Quantified Self's Guide to Self-Tracking Tools Reaches 500 Devices

Recently I attended a TiE event on "Quantified Self: The Next Frontier in Mobile Self-Tracking". It was a panel of experts who gave an overview of the state-of-the-art and latest developments in self-tracking tools. One resource that was mentioned that I have found particularly interesting is the Quantified Self's Guide to Self-Tracking Tools. It documents more than 500 tools for fitness, sleep, learning, gas mileage, medicine and productivity.  Many of these are useful for the elderly.

 

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Explorer Discussions: Devices, Tools, Objects

SF Explorers use Amazon Echo Show to Reach Across the Country

The San Francisco Explorers participate in a cross country video call demonstration of the use of an Amazon Echo Show. .........Read more

I Want to Do My Own Driving Evaluation

Explorer Ron frames the question: "How does one decide whether or not to continue driving?" Should it be one's self, or someone else? .........Read more

Explorers Conceptualize a Better Grabber

In this fun brainstorming session, explorers conceptualize in detail a more versatile 'reacher-grabber' tool than those which are currently available. .........Read more

Rosalie Sings the Praises of Amazon's Alexa

Explorer Rosalie reports to the group on her experience from Amazon's first Echo and newer products and Alexa skills, including "Let's Chat". .........Read more

Kai Demonstrates His Volaris Rollator Walker

Explorer Kai tells the group why the Volaris rollator-type walker attracted his attention, and why he chose the Volaris brand to meet his needs. .........Read more

Amazon Echo Stimulates Explorers' Imaginations

This group of older adult explorers discuss the Amazon Echo device. A pair of enthusiastic explorers introduce the product which they have recently started using. .........Read more

 

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

CallToU Caregiver Call Button

 
CallToU
 

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

 

Bemer 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 Cruiser Portable Mobility Device

 
EZ Cruiser Folding Wheelchair
 

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

 

MedaCube

 
Medacube
 

MedaCube is designed to prompt the user to press the screen in order to receive the prescribed dose from a bin that opens to dispense the pills.

 

FallCall Lite

 
FallCall Lite
 

FallCall Lite is an iOS software based system including the Apple Watch, iPhone and Homepod intended to serve as a monitoring system with voice activation capability.

 

UPWalker Upright Walker

 
UPWalker upright walker
 

The UPWalker upright walker is a rollator with elevatable lower arm support and upright handles intended to allow the user to stand upright during use.

 

FamilyGram

 
FamilyGram
 

FamilyGram is an iPhone app intended to connect family or friends and to foster connections via a private social network.

 

Trendoux Touchscreen Gloves

 
touchscreen gloves
 

Trendoux touchscreen winter gloves include conductive pads at finger and thumb tips intended to allow the wearer to operate touchscreen devices without having to remove the gloves.

 

 

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