Market Overview for Technology for Aging in Place

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Securus, Inc. Announces General Availability of eZoom GPS Locator

06/05/2012

Cary, NC (June 5, 2012) — Securus, Inc., the leading provider of mobile safety and security GPS products, announced today the general availability of eZoom GPS locators.  eZoom locators utilize the latest technologies to help consumers keep their loved ones and prized possessions safe.

ASA’s Aging in America: so much talk about tech – so little tech

A plethora of sessions -- but where are the exhibitors?  For the past few days at ASA’s Aging in America, I heard various speakers talk about the importance of technology for older adults -- I babbled on about it a bit myself. It will make this the ‘age to age’, learn to ‘love the device you’re with’, so that you can attend sessions about designing technology for older adults, learn about tech training for seniors, see what's coming and who is doing what. The many sessions that discussed technology were categorized in the program book as ‘Housing, accessibility and technology’ – so I wondered how many consumer-focused tech vendor exhibitors were in the exhibit hall. I reasoned that all of these aging services professionals would want to know about all of the useful software and devices that they could refer to clients to improve their quality of life. Not counting the back office systems (the ERPs of aging services), I looked through the book and show floor, searching for tech to connect older adults with professionals, families and caregivers. And there it wasn’t.

PERS market to grow from $963 million in 2010 to 2017 to $1.86 billion in 2017.

03/23/2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Care for the elderly is a vital cog in the healthcare machinery; however, caregivers often sideline the need to enable the general population to deal with current healthcare issues. The personal emergency response systems/services (PERS) market is likely to be the cornerstone of telehealth services in the next 20 years and will be critical to elderly care in an emergency.

Overcoming inertia in tech adoption -- create something new for the user

Are Health and senior tech products used consistently and to purpose?  When the ultimate user is not necessarily an enthusiastic participant in product use, forget it. Consider the factors noted in Donna Cusano’s recent Field of Dreams post on Telecare Aware, summarized by: “Know you need/want the product. Okay, then it must be Easy to use, providing positive reinforcement (with social and community support) – and I would add, affordable. 1) Ease of use (let’s also assume that the product works!), 2) reinforcement, 3) affordable. Pick two, you can’t have all three. (Note I didn’t say pet-rock trendy, much loved by Walt Mossberg and shown off in coffee shops.)

Protect seniors from anonymous companies, products and services

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.  Although the cartoonist did not intend it, that 1993 New Yorker cartoon predicted the future and so it came to pass – and then some. So much of what’s on the web masks an entirely different reality. And so little when you search online has anything to do with what you want to find. Most people do not scroll down to the second page of search results if irrelevance rules: the Internet is filled with an ocean of junk web pages and misleading ads, masquerading as legitimate commerce. Talk to our friendly representative (photo of woman wearing headset). Call NOW! As seen on TV! As mentioned in TIME Magazine! Misleading information or scare tactic pictures on websites targeting seniors -- to me, these rank with phony telephone credit card and financial services scams.

12 most popular posts from 2011

So many posts, 2011 was such a short year. For those of you news junkies or folks with too many Google alerts, like me you must be drowning in recaps of the 2011 best movies, worst mistakes, top tech this, worst tech that. So as the year rapidly slips to a close, I thought I'd recap the most read posts from Aging in Place Technology Watch written during 2011, beginning, not so cleverly, from the beginning of the year:

2011 Tech Gifts for Seniors

Last year's list of tech gifts that keep on giving is still pretty accurate in terms of categories -- eReaders and eBooks, video communication devices, game-related and music-related.  But be thankful, tech time marches on, and there are more variants of each, plus some new items to consider -- if you're in aging services or senior housing, pass some ideas along to residents or clients:

MobileHelp Names New Members to Management Team and Reorganization in Preparation for Planned Expansion

09/27/2011

MobileHelp, the leader in M-PERS (mobile-personal emergency response system) technology, today announced that Dennis V. Boyle has been named to the position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Boyle will be responsible for the oversight of sales, marketing, customer service, technical support and provisioning. In addition, Joel Richardson has been named Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Richardson’s primary responsibilities include planning, implementing and managing all financial related activities of MobileHelp and oversight of the accounting department.

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