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Did you miss insights and data from the five August blog posts?

The biggest older adult tech news from August was audible.  The US Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of hearing aids. Ironically that will not actually be official until October.  The implications are staggering – hopefully the implementation will match.  The big five hearing aid manufacturers will once again remake and remarket themselves, their brands and pricing to fit the new rule. Also in August, a new report on the status of US broadband access was released, highlighting major expansion underway.  Here are the five blog posts from August 2022:

New technologies may mitigate fall risk – and just in time

The stats on death from falls are startling – especially for the 65+.  Death rates are rising, projected to be 7 up to deaths per hour for the 65+ by 2030.  And that falls are the leading cause of injury death among the 65+.  Did you know that the majority of hip fractures are from falling, usually sideways?  Did you know that medical costs from falls was $50 billion in were projected to be $52 billion in 2020? And that the costs (estimated at $754 million in 2015) were mostly paid by Medicare and Medicaid (the latter likely in nursing homes.)  So many factors contribute to the risk of falling, including lower body weakness, balance issues, medications, and home hazards.

HGS Healthcare Introduces HGS Aging in Place™ and Falls Prevention, two Holistic, Clinically Evidenced, and Technology-led Supports for Seniors Living Longer

03/17/2022

Denver, March 17, 2022: HGS Healthcare announced today the introduction of HGS Aging in Place™ and Falls Prevention solutions, two specialized, end-to-end program and service platforms that enable individuals to age on their own terms in their own homes by leveraging a proprietary frailty assessment and by deploying individualized interventions to address frailty, cognitive decline, loneliness, activities of daily living (ADLs), home and transportation issues, and coordination of healthcare n

LiveFreely Announces Apple Watch Version of 'BUDDY,' the Predictive AI-Driven Digital Health Assistant for Seniors and Their Loved Ones

12/22/2021

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 22, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LiveFreely, Inc., a Silicon Valley digital health company that develops innovative technology to improve the health and well-being of seniors and their loved ones, today launched BUDDY for Apple Watches. The BUDDY app uses AI and machine learning to predict, prevent, and detect health challenges while providing support and data for seniors and their caregivers.

Did you miss a November blog post about tech and older adults?

Tech for an aging population – niche or not.  November is done. But recent announcements about tech and older adults make one wonder about the category. Should it be special, unique, with well-designed hardware by well-meaning and enthusiastic engineers? That sounds good – but is it?  The oldest baby boomer turns 76 in January 2022.  That sounds old.  Does that place baby boomers squarely in the ‘I had a grandmother who fell down’ design target?  The PERS industry, maybe a cash cow for persistent resellers, has actually not grown in the past four years – market sizing numbers have been stable at around $1.5 billion. But consider other trends -- the older population has grown, the Apple Watch was introduced and fall detection apps are available from Best Buy and FallCall, Philips Lifeline withdrew, Amazon has partnered with Vayyar (radar-based fall detection) in Alexa Together. What was once a sizable niche may actually be a hanging-on, but low growth market for the foreseeable future.  Blog posts from November:

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