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2019: What Technology Matters for Older Adults

In 2018, technology utilization grew – so did frustrations.  While Internet and social media technology use has plateaued over all age ranges, Facebook still has captured only 41% of the 65+.  Pew’s data showed that smartphone ownership still has not overtaken cellphones among the 65+.   In early 2019, AARP Research published a technology survey taken in 2018 which showed ownership of smartphones growing to 65% of the 65+.  However, that same survey revealed low trust in online safety, and generally low trust in institutions to keep their personal data safe, a justified worry, given the number of data breaches that occurred during 2018.

GreatCall and CNA Partner to Bring Predictive Technology

01/25/2019

SAN DIEGO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GreatCall, Inc., a leader in connected health for active aging and a wholly owned subsidiary of Best Buy, today announced a partnership with long-term care insurer CNA, one of the largest U.S. commercial property and casualty insurance companies, to provide CNA policyholders with its in-home passive remote monitoring solution, Lively Home, and its Lively Mobile medical alert device.


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.

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