Medication Management and Adherence:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Medication Management & Adherence is an ongoing theme in our Longevity Explorer discussions.

We are exploring the existing solutions, and what our explorers see as the problems with those solutions. We are also exploring in depth how our older adult explorers manage their own medications, and a number of very different approaches have emerged.

We hope innovators will find our insights helpful as they design new products and services.


Hear what Older Adults Think: Medication Management and Adherence

Pill Holders @ SF

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



A Guided Exploration of Pill Management Methods

SF Village explorers join in a guided exploration of five key questions about how they organize and manage their pills (prescriptions and dietary suppliments).



What I do about pill organization and consistent maintenance.

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I would like to share what I do about pill organization and consistent maintenance.

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Timer Pill Caps @ SRC

The Saratoga Retirement Community Explorer group is introduced to a new device in pill management: Pill bottles with caps that keep the elapsed time since the bottle was last opened.



Pill Bottle Timer Caps @SF

The group examines pill container caps (TimerCap) that mark the elapsed time since it was last opened. Samples of the timer caps on pill containers are passed around the group for comments.



Hero At Explorer Circle SF

San Francisco Explorers learn about an automatic pill dispenser which was recently included in a Tech-enhanced Life feature article on the topic.



Suit Yourself: Different Pill Boxes Meet Different Needs

Saratoga Retirement Community Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill storage and dispensing devices.



How Judy Packs Her Pills for Travel

Explorer Judy tells the group about how she manages her pills, especially for travel.



Managing Medications, Pleasanton

How do you manage your medications? Members describe the various ways they keep track of their medications.



How we Manage Medication While Traveling

Explorer Rosalie expresses concern that people using daily pill organizer boxes may become confused when traveling to other time zones, and wonders what one should do about this issue? The group has thoughts and some answers.



Shelf liner for gripping: more use cases

These explorers report on yet more uses for grippy shelf liner, as a way to compensate for poor grip in one's hands, as a result of arthritis and related conditions.



Medication Organizer Gadget Show & Tell @ EVC

Longevity Explorers at Eskaton Village Carmichael explore and discuss a variety of products designed to organize and store various types of pills.



Talking Alarm Clock Explored

Explorer Bob reports on his talking alarm clock which he uses for medication reminders.



Pill Management Gadgets @ SRC

The Saratoga Longevity Explorers examine a variety of gadgets available in the marketplace to help manage ones medications.



Show and Tell: Pill Containers Evaluated, Discussed

Commonwealth Explorers explore pill organizers and discuss medication management techniques.



Pill Management Gadgets @ SSF

The Explorer group explore a variety of medicaton management gadgets and have a range of comments and questions about them.



How to Remove a Childproof Cap: Explorer Tip

Explorer Bani offers a novel solution to the perennial problem of how someone with arthritic hands can remove a childproof 'push down and twist' pill bottle cap.



Medication Management: EVC discussion

Explorers explain how they keep track of their medications, starting with Explorer Karen who relies on her mobile phone to remind her to take a dose from her 'AM' or 'PM' box with daily doses.



How these Explorers Manage Medications

Sequoias SF explorers compare different approaches they use to managing their medications (pills).



Explorers Report 'Reminder Rosie' Observations

Explorers Ayanna and Lynn report on their experiences, as well as the those of several of their friends using Reminder Rosie, the talking alarm clock, during the past month. Then the explorers discuss and comment.



Explorers Discuss Reminder Rosie, Siri, and Alexa

Longevity Explorers at Saratoga Retirement Community are introduced to Reminder Rosie, a memory aid in the form of a talking alarm clock.



A Handy Pillbox

Explorer Dick shared one of his everyday gadgets: A repurposed Altoids tin to carry a small 'emergency' supply of suppliments and medications. With a little paper packing, everything stays neatly in place until the need arises.



Medication Reminders: EVC circle discussion

This group's discussion segued into a conversation about reminders to help take medication on time. Among other things, the members talked about the usefulness of reminders depending on both a person's level of cognition, and also the number of times a day one needs to take medication, and the critical-ness of it happening at a precise time.



Medication Reminder and Velcro Shirt Closures

I need a way to help not forget to take my medications on time. AND, I have trouble with my shirt buttons and want to get a short with Velcro closures but don't know where to go.



Medication adherence: HYS Circle discussion July 2014

At the July 9 AIP meet-up, an ad-hoc group of people spent approximately 30 minutes discussing the topic of medication adherence.



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 Medication Management and Adherence 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 Medication Management and Adherence, 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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