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Innovation for the senior market from Israel

Entrepreneurs from Israel have found or been found by Aging 2.0. The mission of Aging 2.0 extends beyond the US: they are seeking innovators and inventions from everywhere, holding events, inviting pitches and announcing finalists. Last week, 12 entrepreneurs from Israel were written up in Jewish Business News – targeting 'technologies for the myriad needs of the aging population.' Five are included here. These have some unique attributes, but also inspire questions -- which may be the 2.0 issue of aging tech/tech-and-aging. Consider the five below. The target recipient of the technology is uncomfortable with technology, may have a physical limitation (hearing or dementia), and be at risk of social isolation. For each of these inventors, next is to identify the go-to-market partner category that will move these offerings into the homes of those who benefit at a beta-tested price point, combining with already familiar services targeting the broader needs of these individuals. These are very early-stage and all text comes from the original article:

Essence New Voice Panic Detector Gives Seniors Verbal, Hands-free Emergency Access

07/11/2016

Tel Aviv – July 11, 2016 – Essence, a leading provider of IoT, cloud-based connected living solutions, demonstrated its new Care@Home Voice Panic Detector last month at a series of global telecare and security events. The VPD is the first product in the industry to employ voice recognition technology to give seniors two-way access to emergency response via a simple vocal command.

Six new tech-enabled housing concepts for older adults

The future of housing for seniors – or the future of senior housing? Innovators are approaching the tech-enabled future of homes for seniors from multiple directions – support for people with dementia, new approaches to tech in a senior housing campus, new systems for aging at home, and new kinds of age-friendly housing. Innovation is sorely needed -- considering that current approaches to senior housing, whether in assisted living (too expensive) or age-segregated communities (too isolated and/or risky) may not be right for everyone.  Here are some other recently noted housing approaches, material is from sites or news:

Five New Technologies for Caregivers and Older Adults, July, 2016

What are the rules and what are the criteria? Look through these grouped press releases -- all posted here because they (or at least the reminder-to-drink-water concept that is represented) could/should be useful to an older adult or someone who cares for them. It is intriguing that we are at a perceived point in technology utilization for app-to-app communication between an adult child and parent. Also Tochtech is reminiscent of Cookstop, noted here in 2011.  Comments are welcome.

Toch Smarturns Launches Kickstarter Campaign

06/30/2016

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tochtech Inc., a Vancouver-based tech company whose mission is to provide SMART home solutions for safer living, launched its first product, Toch Smarturns on Kickstarter. Utilizing the Internet of Things, motion sensor, wireless and patent-pending technologies, the Toch Smarturns solution transforms existing stoves to SMART stoves, adding intelligence to the kitchen.

SentinelCare, a new approach to supporting loved ones aging in place

06/29/2016

In 2005, Mary Shofer, then 95 had just retired (yes, that’s not a typo).  At 5’1 and 90 lbs Mary was spry, active and walked 2 miles a day.   A widow for over two decades she was independent and vital.   Age-related edema was diagnosed and her physician made a mistake in dosing medication to lower her blood pressure.   At the first dose Mary’s blood pressure dropped so low that she was unable to stand and collapsed, breaking her leg, hip and ribs.     She lay on the floor of her apartment for nearly two hours before help was called.  Why?

ElderCheck Now App connects caregivers to updated health and well-being information for the elders they care for

06/16/2016
The ElderCheck Now app aims to help caregivers gain updated health information and overall well-being of the
 
elders they monitor by leveraging new technology available in the latest smart devices. Caregivers can send secure
 
check-ins to their designated elders, who can respond to their caregiver’s check-in requests through a simplified
 
two-button interface on Apple Watch or iPhone. This new electronic relationship returns a snapshot to caregivers
 

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