aging in place
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 10:11
New, newer, and newest startups to help older adults. Typically it has made sense on this site to not discuss companies until they are in the market, in production, with customers and funding. But crowdfunding has changed that paradigm. Some startups chose to surface through crowd-sourcing campaigns, gaining visibility and ideally some funding. If all goes well, they gain some funding, credibility and even bug-fixes. And as one executive from Lively observed prior to its launch, they get feet on the street and customers. In this post, check out a few of these companies that have launched or recently moved onto media and funding notifications. As always, press releases -- with actual text! -- might help, as do notifications through Indigogo, Kickstarter or other funders. One more thing If any new, newer, or newest startups plan to be at the AARP Ideas @50+ event in San Diego in 2 weeks, let's get together! >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:26
What one new technology product do you think would be the biggest help to older people?
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:27
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 08/11/2014 - 16:11
Look closer at that Semico aging in place projection of $30 billion by 2017. In an article in the Dallas Morning News just a few days ago, the previously noted Semico $30 Billion projection of 'aging in place' (AIP) technology by 2017 was quoted again. Nice number, but what's it for? Taking a closer read, the cited report asserts that “almost 70 percent of the over 120 million unit shipments will come from wellness peripherals like glucose meters, blood pressure monitors and smart scales.” Really? Hang in with me a second. That's 84 million of these 'wellness peripherals' that the population which is aging in place will be buying within 3 years, generating that $30 billion. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sun, 08/03/2014 - 11:07
Listening to the weather channel could make an isolated senior nervous. Nearly 46% of women aged 75+ (around 11 million) live alone -- and one in three of them will live until at least the age of 90. In fact, 2 million are aged 90+ now. If they listen to the news or the weather channel, they have quite a bit of opportunity to be frightened about the prospect of tornados, hurricanes, flash floods, excessive heat, poor air quality or wildfires. Perhaps they're watching TV and they see that absolutely horrendous Life Alert ad. That's it for going down to the basement. Then the telephone or doorbell rings -- a nice distraction from the 4+ hours per day spent watching TV or perhaps the few minutes online -- if there is a computer or tablet around them to use. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 08:22
Seed-stage firm Generator Ventures, focused on new technologies to serve aging population, starts backing startups.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 06/14/2014 - 09:17
What's new and tech-related for helping older adults? Every few months this site attempts to sweep up and refresh a few of the announcements about technology in the market that can be helpful both to older adults and to those that care for them. These five announcements meet the criteria older adults remain safe, healthy, secure, and well-connected in their homes of choice. The information in this list (alphabetical order) comes directly from the websites of the individual companies themselves and includes: >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 05/21/2014 - 15:19
ATA: Lots of talk about connection, integration, systems, clouds.