Medical Alerts & Home Sensor Systems: Page 2 | Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Increasingly we see the two categories of Medical Alert Systems and Home Sensor Systems merging in the future. Our analyst team has done a lot of research on both of these categories.

In this series of discussions with older adults you can hear for yourself what they like and dislike about current products, and what their ideas about the ideal products are.

 

 

Hear what Older Adults Think: Medical Alerts & Home Sensor Systems

What Types of Sensors are Best for Me?

The group discussed the types and uses of passive sensory devices that elders may have in their homes for safety.

 


 

Emergency Apps and Call Systems

Listen to the group having a lively discussion of emergency apps on phones and smartphones). Cost is always a consideration, and when John mentions monthly pricing, someone calls it 'more than your electric bill'. John counters by saying that the cost is a matter of one's priorities: When it comes to emergency calls, "I would rather be alive without electricity than dead with it."

 


 

PERS comparison shopping

At our last meeting, one of our members mentioned some recent research he had done into different PERS (personal emergency response systems) pendant features. Here it is.

 


 

Brainstorming: PERS @ SRC

Members brainstormed the subject of what the perfect emergency call device would be like. From personal observation and experience, all joined in the discussion to compile an impressive list.

 


 

What Questions Can Passive Sensing Home Activity Monitoring Answer?

The Aging In Place Meetup in the SF Bay Area provides an opportunity to explore the application of technology to the problems of aging. In this Meetup we explored applications for home sensor systems in an Unconference format.

 


 

Lively Watch: Update from the Geriatric Front

The Lively watch:  timepiece, pedometer, in/out of residence recorder and in-home emergency call button…all wrapped in one elegant package. I have been testing it in the field. Here is what I learned.

 


 

Emergency Response Systems Interview: Chuck S

Chuck S talks about about emergency response systems, and what he cares about in these products. This interview about experiences with Emergency Response Pendants is part of our ongoing "Topic Interview" series.

 


 

Emergency Response Systems Interview: Karen R

Karen R has opinions about emergency response systems, which she shares in this interview. This interview about experiences with Emergency Response Pendants is part of our ongoing "Topic Interview" series.

 


 

Emergency Response Systems Interview: Marilyn H

Marilyn H tells us her opinions about emergency response systems. This interview about experiences with Emergency Response Pendants is part of our ongoing "Topic Interview" series.

 


 

Emergency Response Systems Interview: Betty deV

Betty de V gives her thoughts about emergency response. This interview about experiences with Emergency Response Pendants is part of our ongoing "Topic Interview" series.

 


 

Emergency Response Pendants Need to be Mobile

Emergency response pendants are ubiquitous in communities of older adults. There is a school of thought that says they don't need to function beyond the confines of the community. This discussion group disagrees strongly. Do they need to be mobile? Heck yes!

 


 

About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Medical Alerts & Home Sensor Systems is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Medical Alerts & Home Sensor Systems, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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