March 2009

Where there's a legislature and nursing home lobby -- woe to seniors, welcome to Florida

The nursing home lobbyists have clearly got the attention of the Florida legislature. In the land of the sun and the frailest elderly, the nursing home lobby has persuaded state senator Mike Bennett to file a bill that would eliminate department of health and safety inspections (restaurants would be inspected more often than nursing homes). >>> Read more . . .

It's Spring - Five tech changes to make now

It's been a long winter -- between the news, the weather, and news about the weather. As spring has sprung (or nearly so in blizzard-bombarded regions), let's think about excellent spring-time opportunities for seniors, families who care about them, and the residential environments in which they live. >>> Read more . . .

Simplifying computer usage with easy-to-use software...and other musings

I came back from last week's Aging in America conference impressed again by the level of new business energy pouring into technology simplification and demystification for seniors. When you think about it, this is a real commentary on the original feature-rich and common-sense-poor engineering of most products, designed by geeks, for themselves to admire, from smart phones to office software to TV remote control devices, DVR, wireless network configuration, and on and on. >>> Read more . . .

Aging tech market: Selling fear, uncertainty, and doubt? Or devastation?

Today, this is a non-blog blog entry:  I am not targeting any specific vendors. But I think it has to be put out on the table. There is a not-so-fine line between offering products that assuage fear and pitching product offerings within a terrifying context. I saw such a pitch today and I was so upset, I had to leave the room. >>> Read more . . .

Aging in Place Technology Market -- new, real, next, now

Some called me crazy. Maybe an analyst who sees the non-tech world of aging through a tech-focused set of tinted glasses. When this blog began and I ranted about the importance of describing and shaping a business market of technology to help boomers and seniors successfully age in their own homes, I received virtual quizzical looks from many experts. I am a determined (some might say obnoxious) sort, however, and as I began to interview people, go to conferences, speak to industry experts, and write what I'd learned, I became more and more convinced. >>> Read more . . .

A stake in the ground: 2009 Market Overview Published - Technology for Aging in Place

Good NEWS! This week on Wednesday, you can access the 2009 Market Overview docs from this site.  A download page will be presented to anyone who is willing to fill out a short contact form that we will then use to build the newsletter distribution list. If you want to comment, this blog entry will be the one to comment on.

So let's get right to the point -- why does this market overview matter?

It describes a real and viable market that is emerging now but will grow to match the need! >>> Read more . . .

Repurposing infrastructure -- Verizon Chaperone and other market extensions

I spent some quality time this weekend writing and then losing a blog entry to a software crash. Computers. Gotta love 'em.  But I got to thinking about simplification, packaging, and reuse. If you think about it, how resourceful and enterprising business people are! Just think -- from one year to the next, contractors and interior designers move from new home building and decorating to renovation and retrofit. Car rental companies like Hertz get into the hourly car use business to compete with Zipcar. >>> Read more . . .

Vendors who should target boomers and seniors - Part 1 in a series

Vendors never want to miss a market, inadvertantly bypassing an audience that may love to buy their products -- if they only knew more about them. So why don't vendors with great potential in boomer and senior audiences -- and even some loving customers -- try harder to make this match clearer? Is it because in our youth-oriented product culture, they don't want to use the 'age' word?  Is it because the product execs are too youth-oriented themselves? Fearful of alienating some by being specific about others? >>> Read more . . .

Five small indicators of trends in aging in place technology

Times are bad. Agreed. But here are a few items that are a reminder that marketers will market and enterpreneurs will seize an opportunity when they see one. Taken individually, these items may seem unrelated. But together, they confirm the growing interest in hleping people get more out of life as they age, and they  clearly represent business opportunities in a less-than-ideal business climate.  Tell me if you agree: >>> Read more . . .

Baby boomers want information, to connect to others, and move or improve their homes

These are tough times to sell products. Period. But before being ossified into a state of discouragement, it's good to know that the baby boomer market segment is not tapped out yet as the attached two studies make clear. >>> Read more . . .