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Recapping the most-read blog posts from 2018

Fewer software platforms, but new and more interesting offerings.  Two major changes happened in 2018 that are having and will continue to help older adults. First there is the significant uptake of voice-enabled technology, was forecast to be transformative, and so it was, in senior living, in the homes and families of seniors, and as an interface in newer cars to make giving and hearing directions easier.  Not so newsworthy, but perhaps more important, the hearing technology industry and audiologist specialty were disrupted in favor of self-service and offerings at a significantly lower cost.

  • Fewer senior-specific hardware items. Second, the proliferation of gadget introductions targeting seniors appears to have slowed down, and the use of standard platforms (smartphones, tablets, computers, smart speakers and smart watches) ramped up. This is good – too many companies arrived and departed over the past decade because their senior-unique offerings never ramped up to low enough cost or profitable volumes. And investors have regularly run screaming from the ‘older adult’ category, preferring to view the whole bucket as ‘health’. Whatever. Here are the most-read blog posts from 2018 – take another look if you missed them.
  • 2018 Market Overview of Technology for Aging in Place was published (March, 2018). Technology and tech-enabled services matter for older adults. The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the Longevity Economy is expected to grow to more than $30 billion in the next few years, according to the updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch -- more likely to be based on customization of standard software, using existing platforms than creation of senior-specific products. The report provides predictions about key technology trends for 2018 and beyond. Families, caregivers, and seniors will acquire new tech-enabled services that improve the quality of their lives. The 100-million-strong 50+ market is increasingly aware of technology alternatives and providers know it. Read more.
  • Caregiving technology came into focus (July, 2018).  What newcomers have entered the market?  Besides ‘longevity market new media’ like Stria (former Next Avenue) that provided a splash of cold water for startups and investors in the older adult space.  Although there is little evidence that any investors are bullish about the general older adult market – despite AARP documentation and various books to the contrary, innovators continue to create new offerings to help older adults live better lives.  Here are five recent and soon-launching offerings to help – content is from the websites of the firms or articles about them.   Read more.
  • Ten technologies from the 2018 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit (June, 2018). Two sets of pitches, ten finalists across the competitions. The first five are finalists in the 2018 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Business Plan competition. The Business Plan Competition features companies pitching their ideas to a diverse panel of judges for feedback, funding and a $10,000 prize The second five are finalists in the AARP Innovation Labs Pitch Competition for companies focused on providing peace of mind to family caregivers through the use of VR, AI and other disruptive technologies. The winning team will go on to the AARP Innovation Pitch Event in Washington, DC, in October of 2018. Read more.

[NOTE TO READERS:  If you receive this blog in an email, please click here to see the full post on Aging in Place Technology Watch website where if you like, you can comment. Thanks.]


Thank you Laurie! You have helped keep me up to date for 10 years now. Here's to your SUCCESS in 2019!

Extremely informative. Thank you.

Thanks for this 2018 summary of year-long posts on hashtag#healthyaging tech. May 2019 be full of wonderful new developments!


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