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Five Tech Innovations for Older Adults - June 2021

The innovation competition season has begun. The What's Next Longevity Venture Summit is over and the Aging 2.0 Global Innovation Search voting process has begun. These are two substantial initiatives that often reveal interesting and useful companies to help with aging well and to mitigate various issues of aging and caregiving. Note that these five companies, selected from these two conference initiatives,are early stage (or even really early stage) and are included here because they may have concepts, offerings or approaches that are worth noting and thinking about. A link to the websites for more information is included.  Please comment if you know of other competitions and offerings than those mentioned here.

Musical Health Technologies Wins LeadingAge California Innovation Award

10/12/2020

Musical Health Technologies Wins LeadingAge California Innovation Award with a Decades-Before-Its Time Idea, Enabling the Mass Distribution of Music as Medicine 

Music has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.* The unique Lyric Coaching technology embedded in all SingFit solutions was first conceptualized  by an inventor and opera singer in 1960, more than 50 years before it was commercialized. 

Covid-19 and Mid-Year Look at 2020 Tech Trends for Older Adults

That was then… In early 2020, focus sharpened on market categories of aging and caregiving. AARP published a new report that showed growing interest in technology among those aged 70+. The 127,000 CES 2020 attendees in January saw exhibit areas and innovations focused on older adults and what they need. Cambia Health released a survey of caregivers, 64% of surveyed caregivers use at least one digital tool to help them with caregiving. The National Alliance for Caregiving surveyed caregivers including their use of technology (surprisingly low), and Samsung, Best Buy and Amazon now group offerings that could be helpful for older adults and those who care for them.

The Meal Lifter Story

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In a curious turn of events, my wife and I unintentionally became entrepreneurs at the age of 70. I am a semi-retired real estate developer, and my wife is a painter.

Project: VITAL: Alzheimer’s Association, state keep seniors connected with loved ones

05/07/2020

JACKSONVILLE — The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to partner with the state of Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs to keep seniors connected with loved ones during social isolation.

Through Project: VITAL (Virtual Inclusion Technology for All), senior-friendly tablets from engagement technology provider iN2L have been distributed to nursing homes and assisted living facilities (ALFs) throughout the state.

Technology to help care for individuals with dementia

The Early Stage Of Dementia. In the early stages, families will worry. A family member may say or forget things that make them wonder if it’s dementia or just a normal part of aging. They should consider persuading their loved one to get an evaluation from a professional. If their loved one is hesitant, a self-assessment could be used to encourage a visit to a professional. A doctor can help determine the type and stage of dementia and whether it is likely to be Alzheimer’s disease or some other type. If it is Alzheimer’s disease (60-80% of those with dementia), there is typically a slow progression over time. The chances are good that their family member can remain at home through early stages, even continuing to live alone. Even after a diagnosis, they'll continue to wonder whether it really is dementia and look for another test they can do at home. But maybe they'll also be concerned with the day-to-day activities of daily living (ADLs), especially if their loved one is living alone. Perhaps there is an unrelated health issue, and they're concerned about whether he/she is taking medications correctly or making it to medical appointments. Issues such as these can be addressed with calendar or reminder technologies.

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