Boomer-Senior Tech Business

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In 2014, will technology for seniors be absorbed into digital health?

A long holiday stretch ends.  No, I’m not talking about Christmas decorations in shopping malls. The media frenzy that was CES 2014 may soon wane away, although post mortems and predictions persist. So let’s review: there were Silvers Summit exhibitors (6) and then there was Digital Health (77). For CES health-related overall, count 170 per Mobile Health News – and that includes "e-Cigarette makers that categorized themselves as Digital Health."  See one of a few cynical posts – where we can find a new word -- track-a-holism -- and a new slogan -- "sitting is the new smoking." But in the Digital Health exhibit list, note the presence of GrandCare and Independa – two long-standing players in what could have been categorized at a different event as senior technology.  >>> Read more . . .

AARP Announces Call for Start-Up Applications for Third AARP Health Innovation@50+

01/14/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 14, 2014 AARP and LivePitch Media today announced that the call for applications is now open for the third annual AARP Health Innovation@50 + LivePitch. >>> Read more . . .

Five Coolest Senior Care Tech Unveiled at CES 2014

Products and services designed to keep older adults engaged, entertained, connected and healthy.

01/14/2014

Older adults shun retirement for risky startups

Limited job opportunities after age 55, inadequate savings or want to work for themselves.

01/09/2014

AgePower Tech Search Announces Five Finalists

01/08/2014

  MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT Paul (January 8, 2014) – Ecumen and MOJO Minnesota, the organizers of

the inaugural AgePower Tech Search, which is designed to help bring new technology solutions to a

rapidly aging world, have announced the initiative’s five finalists (listed below). Team leaders for the

five technologies will participate in a Demo Day before AgePower judges in Minneapolis/St. Paul on

January 21st. The finalists will vie for an opportunity for a 6-month pilot with Ecumen customers and >>> Read more . . .

Venture Beat's Smart Refrigerators: Do Not Want

Nice article about innovation excess (at CES, naturally), as well as innovation unapplied.

01/08/2014

Medical technology stories to watch at CES 2014

Forbes: Imagine a home with automatic medication dispensers, robots, video, and motion sensors to detect falls.

01/07/2014

Making ease of use the default for new product design

Do designers of new products seriously consider ease of use?  As the December buying frenzy fizzles, we are often reminded that 70% of the US economy is driven by consumer spending. We are not reminded too often about the Longevity Economy -- that 90+ million people are 50+, have most of the money, own most of the homes and cars, and thus buy the most of everything, including technology. And even the growth of social media shifts older - the fastest growing segment of Facebook users are aged 65+, Facebook has apparently saturated and/or bored teenager segments who have moved on, at least for now, to other stuff. So as some of you head off to CES exhibit halls this coming week, please consider the product user interface of what you see. Look at the TV, 'white hot' wearables, fitness devices, car tech, the ironically-titled not-so-smart phones, tablets, the health apps that apparently will eclipse the TVs.  Count the demos you see of products you could characterize as simple, elegant, easy-to-use designs for all ages, including those who need to put on their reading glasses to read the manual or the 70% of adults who suffer eye strain peering at their devices.   >>> Read more . . .

Where digital health and seniors meet

It will be up to healthcare companies to adapt those technologies to be used by seniors.

12/27/2013
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