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AARP, LivePitch Media Announce Start-Up Finalists For Health Innovation@50+

AARP announced 10 start-up finalists for its Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch, to be held September 21, 2012 in New Orleans.


Tech design -- we're getting older, but is it getting better?

The best consumer tech is barely out-of-the-box usable – for anyone.  iPad, Schmipad. Although there is always a story here or there about one who loves the device and wants to teach others (60 days of classes!!!), apps like Family Ribbon to make it easier to use continue to pop up along with training both in store and beyond. So in the face of so much enthusiasm, it is hard for me to say this, but guess what? If you aren’t born imagining that 4 fingers would reveal the already created task row of previously used apps, that menus disappear, that the style of user interface for various apps is inconsistent, that screen-to-screen navigation varies from touching a tiny dot at the screen base to swiping a swoop to the next page, 60 days of training sounds like a pretty good idea. And as far as user interface design, this is the best of the best and it is not acceptable! >>> Read more . . .

Get old, tune out: Is technology leaving the elderly in the dust?

"When it comes to smartphones, we didn’t simply move the goalposts for these people. We moved the stadium..."


Care Innovations consolidates, focuses on aging in place

Intel-GE Care Innovations joint venture is changing focus to coordination and senior living, including aging in place.


BBC: Latest tech keeping the elderly safe

AgeUK demonstrates various tech products (including Doro and GrandCare).


Village Model for Seniors Promising but challenged by financial sustainability

Financial sustainability for the model is “apt to be a challenge unless Villages secure more stable sources of funding.”


Self-delusional or optimistic – marketing to mindset

If asked, older adults are content with their lives. Is life good? So concludes a new poll: "USA TODAY partnered with United Healthcare and the National Council on Aging to gauge the attitudes of Americans age 60 and above. And, surprisingly, most are content with their finances, their health and where they live, and most are optimistic about the years to come: "75% of seniors in their 60s expect their quality of life to get better or stay the same over the next five to 10 years." But do those surveyed really have reason to be optimistic, or with a stated median net worth of $212,000, which includes the value of their house, is this self-delusion?   >>> Read more . . .

AARP to Connect Health Technology Startups with Investors at Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch on September 21 in New Orleans


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 1, 2012 – As part of AARP’s efforts to stimulate innovations that serve the health needs of Americans age 50+, AARP and LivePitch Media announced today the AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch. On Friday, September 21 at the New Orleans Convention Center, this premier showcase will feature exciting companies in the health technology and innovation sector that serve the needs and wants of Americans 50 and older. >>> Read more . . .

Best cities for successful aging -- can you believe it?

We are a society that loves rankings. But sometimes they just seem plain silly. Not long ago, the World Health Organization published a guide to Age-Friendly Cities – and surprise, there was New York City! Services, public transportation, technology galore – despite the crushing crowds on the street, eye-popping apartment rents and tough-as-nails subway riders – if you live there and you're growing old, you can do fine, says the WHO. Okay. So now we have the Milken Institute (a West Coast think tank) study about the 10 best cities where we can age successfully, and it’s much-publicized and picked up in the media, for its, uh, surprising, result. Factoring in affordability (!), weather, convenient transportation systems, aging-centered technology, there it was again – New York City, and now -- Boston is # 4!  For cities that are named on these lists, of course that means positive PR for city managers. Hear applause all around among the town marketers (see, there’s our town, Provo, Utah!!!). In the meantime, Louisville, KY, staking its future as a hub of age-related businesses and opportunity, ranked only 69 on the Milken scale. >>> Read more . . .

Survey: Cities thrive when they harness senior power

A “successfully aging” city keeps older adults involved and engaged in social and economic life.

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