Uncategorized (or other):  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Hear what Older Adults Think: Uncategorized (or other)

Access Your Medical Records in a Flash

Explorer Jan tells the group that her Book Group at SRC is promoting the idea of residents having their complete medical records on a USB 'flash' drive formatted for that purpose.

 


 

Telephone, Cyber and Doorbell Scams Explored

Explorer Steve speaks about computer scams, including one brought to his attention by his neighbor who complained that a message would periodically appear on her computer screen telling her that her computer was infected, and to call the number in the message to get help in clearing her computer.

 


 

Hand Tremor Stabilizer Reported

Explorer Arthur reports on reading an article about a glove designed to cancel hand tremors by integrating a gyroscope.

 


 

Fostering Cats: Good Idea

The group talked about a plan for cat fostering within the community. There were several variations on a theme of how this might work. All agreed this was a great idea.

 


 

Ageism and Technology

Interesting discussion about Ageism, but also about the challenges of technology adoption by older adults. Among other things the group talked about how to reduce the friction between older and younger adults.

 


 

How can we garden for longer

Many older adults love gardening but have to stop or cut back due to changes that come with age. Such as not being able to kneel for long or stand and prune, or dig. This group discusses what can be done about this.

 


 

Smell or Taste: Which would I prefer to lose?

Explorers discuss and offer examples of the effects of losing the sense of smell or taste, and moreover which sense would be the more important to them personally, if they had to choose.

 


 

Do Age-Related Changes in Sense of Smell or Taste Matter?

Asked whether they care about the changes they might have experienced in the senses of smell and taste with age, the group cites examples they have noticed.

 


 

What Scares Us About New Technology?

Explorer Lynn introduces the topic of her feeling of resistance to new entries in the tech field, mainly due to the fear that she will not understand it and will not have the necessary support to use it properly.

 


 

Opinions Mixed about Trust in Social Media

Explorer Ayanna opens the discussion with her ambivalence about the usefulness of social media, conscienciously resisting the superficiality of it as well as the lack of human intraction.

 


 

How Can I Best Manage and Protect My Many Passwords?

Explorer Steve brings up the topic of website passwords, and the importance of managing them as well as keeping them secure from hackers.

 


 

The Most Useful Tech Tools These Older Adults Researched, and How They Found Them

Explorers discuss tech that they find useful, including entertainment as well as home delivery of a variety of goods and services.

 


 

How Do Older Adults Learn to Use New Technology?

SF Village Explorers discuss the various ways they learn to use new technology. It turns out there are some significant differences, but some recurring themes.

 


 

Karen Reports on Sleep-promoting Sound Generators

Explorer Karen reports on her research on sound generating devices which can help induce sleep.

 


 

Hospital Bill Gobbledygook: What Do We Do?

A member from the Internet asks if anyone has a solution to incomprehensible hospital bills.

 


 

New Delivery Services: We Need a List.

With all the new delivery services popping up, we need a master list: from meals to laundry to ride sharing and more.

 


 

Purposeful Aging: How Can we Expand the Options?

Explorers discuss how to do a better job of engaging older adults in meaningful activity.

 


 

Seeking Better Gadgets to Make Reading Convenient

Explorer Peg says that many older adults, including herself, read a lot and need a strong, consistent light source and a handy book holder, and the group discusses gadgets to help make reading comfortable and convenient.

 


 

New Home Care Tech: Is it Good?

Explorer Susan describes the changes she is seeing in the home care business, citing technology in the form of apps being used to replace the human touch.

 


 

I Want a Tool for Putting on Compression Socks

Explorer Ron describes the problem he anticipates with age - increasing difficulty with putting on his compression socks, and the group discusses whether or not available gadgets might help.

 


 

Ideas for Improving the Fire Alarm

The group airs concerns about the shortcomings of the local fire alarm system from their perspective.

 


 

Sleeping is hard: what to do?

This explorer describes a common problem: having difficulty sleeping. The others in the group all relate to this, and discuss various solutions they have tried and like.

 


 

Discussed: Aging and Health Management

Explorer Wells tells the group his theory that the aging process may open the door to chronic disease, not the other way around.

 


 

Where are the Geriatricians?

SF Village Explorer Marilyn reports reading a local hospital newsletter stating that there are few doctors who identify as Geriatric Specialists, that is, those who treat the elderly.

 


 

How to Reduce Cellular Charges by Calling on Wi-Fi

Explorer Marilyn explains that her phone is a standard cell phone, not a smartphone, for budget reasons.

 


 

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 Uncategorized (or other) 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 Uncategorized (or other), 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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