Boomer-Senior Tech Business

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Five new technologies from the 2015 Boomer Business Summit and ASA

In Chicago it was all about boomers and seniors. Last week Aging in America framed several days in Chicago of multiple other related events about and for professionals in caregiving, boomers and seniors. The market-facing event that always attracts multiple executives from organizations like AARP, United Healthcare, Ziegler, Linkage, and many startups was the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit (led by Mary Furlong and now in its 12th year).  Here are five technologies new and/or not previously noted from ASA and What's Next -- all information is from the companies' websites or press releases: >>> Read more . . .

PANASONIC INTRODUCES HOMETEAM™ - Online Service Connects Loved Ones, Keeps Families in Touch

03/24/2015

NEWARK, N.J., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic today announced a simple way for grandparents to maintain and build ever more meaningful relationships with their grandchildren, even when they're far apart. >>> Read more . . .

The Aging-Disability Information Disconnect

Aging in New York.  You may know about the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities initiative, announced in 2007.  And perhaps you know all about Age-Friendly New York, launched in 2009 as a result of the WHO. Lots of folks like to say how age-friendly NYC is – which I have always thought was odd, if not downright laughable – having battled across streets in NYC with a wide range of pedestrian walk times, deep puddles masking ramp cut-outs, and a subway system map that favors insider knowledge. Senior Planet in NYC has some more info on what makes a city age-friendly:  “New York has an amazing public transportation system going for it. Even though it’s not perfect and could be improved upon, we know that aging people use subways and buses regularly.” >>> Read more . . .

Why Senior Living Can't Ignore Home Health Care Technology

Because an Accenture study done in Spain offers evidence.

03/23/2015

New Tech Devices Will Help Boomers Age in Place

As a more tech-savvy generation of elders comes along, new monitoring tools are becoming available.

03/19/2015

Services for aging in place – not provided, not coordinated, not enough

What you can’t see is what you get.  Rant on. You would think by now that there would be a traveling provider of just about everything anyone might need. You can order much of your supplies in your home from the Amazon of all stuff, uh, actually, that IS Amazon.com. These days – you probably know that doctors are making housecalls. Even podiatrists and dentists (did you know this?) will travel to assisted living facilities. Should people with dementia have annual eye exams? (Yes.) What about eye exams inside memory care units for non-verbal 90-year-olds? And what about the boxes of unclaimed eyeglasses by the nurses’ station? Who do they belong to? How can you tell? And how does a person with dementia verify that the current pair of glasses is inadequate? By rubbing their eyes and taking them off? >>> Read more . . .

Technology Helps Seniors Remain at Home

A growing number of seniors are turning to state-of-the-art digital tools to enable them to remain at home indefinitely.

03/13/2015

Independa Closes Extended $6 Million Series B, Bringing Total Funding to More Than $10 Million

03/10/2015

SAN DIEGO – March 10, 2015 -- Independa, the leader in integrated community engagement and remote care technologies, today announced it has closed its Series B funding round, raising $6 million. The Series B funding immediately accelerates Independa’s market expansion, while also funding new product development and advancing innovative solutions. >>> Read more . . .

Technology and older adults, new studies, but no news

The more studies emerge, the less news there is.  Rant on. You probably have read it in university study after university study. You probably read those milestone surveys from AARP, Healthy@Home in 2008 and Healthy@Home 2.0 in 2011.  Maybe you read the Linkage Study from 2012. All of those studies report the same thing in one way or the other: Seniors would like to benefit from technology to help them manage their health and stay longer in their own homes.  They listen to news and echo the buzzwords, they worry about costs. But do interest and willingness make a thriving market?  However, you will be reassured that large consulting firms and banker studies agree: >>> Read more . . .

Tech-Savvy Seniors Want Online Options to Access Care from Home, Accenture Survey Shows

03/02/2015

Tech-Savvy Seniors Want Online Options to Access Care from Home, Accenture Survey Shows

Identifies five digital technology applications as key to managing healthcare

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