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Six new technologies for health and aging in place -- June 2017

Recent announcements, interesting offerings are worth a look. AARP recently completed the judging process for its Innovation Champion Awards; and upcoming, the Boomer Venture Summit in Berkeley in July, will select business plan startup winners – see last year’s winner.  Here are six technology-enabled offerings (some in market, some in process of getting to market) that can be helpful to older adults and those who care for them and about them (listed in alphabetical order): 

Freeus, LLC Announces Belle+: New Emergency Alert Pendant with Fall Detection, GPS and WiFi Technologies

06/20/2017

OGDEN, UT - Freeus, LLC, one of the fastest growing mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) businesses in the United States, announced their new 3G emergency alert pendant with fall detection, GPS and WiFi: Belle+TM.

Belle+ offers users the ability to get help anywhere in the US with wireless network coverage from AT&T, along with the added peace of mind of fall detection and location technologies.

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Five new technologies for older adults – May, 2017

In home and out and about – new and not quite here offerings.  The top of the list alphabetically is the not-yet-here and pricey Amazon Echo Show.  Is this a ground-breaking innovation? Or is it an always-watching irritant set to ‘drop-in mode’ which automatically will accept a video call after 10 seconds? On the positive side -- start chatting with an aging parent who lacks or hates PC/Macs, tablets, or smartphones.  Consider the potentially negative response: an intrusive person (your loving relative) sneaks up on your screen, ready to converse when you least expect it. How creepy-Skype-y is it?  Here are the five:

Essence New Care@Home Active™ Solution for Comprehensive Mobile Senior Care

05/17/2017
Essence, providers of connected-living technologies including award-winning independent-living solutions for seniors, recently introduced Care@Home Active™. This innovative expansion of its aging-in-place suite offers new mobility features that further enhance seniors’ lifestyles and security. 
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Freeus will debut two upcoming 3G mobile emergency alert pendants

02/23/2017

OGDEN, UT - Freeus, LLC, one of the fastest growing mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) businesses in the United States, today announced that it will be a bronze sponsor of the second annual Home Health Technology Summit.

Freeus will debut two upcoming 3G mobile emergency alert pendants at the Summit, which is a business-focused event for C-level executives that recommend or purchase home health technology.

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Ten Tips for Launching a Product or Service -- 2017 Kickoff Refresher

So you want to launch a boomer/senior, home health tech product or caregiving marketplace, or caregiver advisory service.  As your new company get ready to travel into battle later this spring to a plethora of lively pitches, it is time to for you to revisit this guidance. Perhaps some time soon, your new or existing company will officially launch a new product or service, or perhaps a long-awaited, over-described and much-anticipated offering will finally ship. First read the AARP-sponsored Challenging Innovators research report. Then look over this updated checklist that continues to hold true – with a few links that are merely examples:

Six 2016 Tech Announcements for Older Adult Safety

Safety matters -- both to older adults and their loved ones.  For those who worry about the elderly, home safety monitoring technology and personal emergency response offerings provide a degree of reassurance -- following the entry of MobileHelp as one of the first, most of the viable Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) vendors in the market today have a mobile device, enabling the older adult to leave the home, walk the dog, and wear a device while on trips. In addition, automatically-generated check-in technology can provide another degree of comfort for caregiving families and professional providers. During 2016, a number of new variants of safety-related introductions were made, including, but not limited to the following launches: 

Tunstall Expands Mobile Device Offering

10/20/2016

Tunstall Americas, a leader in independent living technologies and 24/7 call center service, announced today the addition of belle™ to their line of communication technologies. belle™ features two-way voice communication, location technology, and a rechargeable battery that can last up to 30 days on a single charge. These features, combined with Tunstall’s state-of-the-art response center, make it very attractive to active seniors who may need assistance should an emergency arise, or simply to give them a sense of security while venturing outside of their homes.

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