Connect With News 4029 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/aqpXyxMGLM0/it-s-time-cameras-nursing-homes-assisted-living-and-home-care It’s time for cameras – nursing homes, assisted living, and home care <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/Caregiver-Balance%20word%20cloud.jpg" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:130px" />Where the baby (or elderly family member) may be.</strong>  The WSJ investigation of <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/care-com-puts-onus-on-families-to-check-caregivers-backgroundswith-sometimes-tragic-outcomes-11552088138">Care.com</a> has only added a level of urgency about the risky business of finding and placing caregivers in homes. Consider the Care.com CEO’s egregious assertion that "Care.com is a marketplace platform, like Indeed or LinkedIn."  Really, finding someone to watch your baby or your aging father is analogous to finding a worker to fill a job opening in your IT department or seeking a manager to fill out your org chart? And having nasty problems with convicted criminals taking on caregiving roles, with deaths occurring in multiple states, but never aggregated into a nationwide picture of a horror show, until research into incidents was done by a <a href="https://medium.com/@erdorsey2/care-com-multiple-deaths-and-child-abuses-fraudulent-billing-and-a-harvey-weinstein-babysitter-7468edb54ea0">Stanford MBA student</a>? Read that link, please.</p> <p><strong>What’s wrong with this picture of oversight? </strong>Fixing the Care.com background checking fiasco <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/fixing-care-com-will-cost-more-than-babysitting-money-11552649401">will take 'more than babysitting money</a>.' No kidding. It will take vote-with-their feet feedback from the firm’s investors and especially the customers. It will take <a href="https://holisticprimarycare.net/topics/topics-h-n/healthy-aging/1919-the-caregiver-crisis-rising-demand-short-supply-puts-elderly-at-risk.html">acknowledgement of the care worker shortage</a> and how to address it. Next we should examine what a 'marketplace' actually is. Can it really be a repository in which the managers (not unlike what’s been going on with Facebook lately) have no idea what is going on inside until someone reports a major problem, but not before the news media has discovered it?  Imagine if supermarkets or department stores had no idea of the source of the items they brought onto shelves.  Content for an auction or a marketplace is all about representation and verification of authenticity. </p> <p><strong>The Care.com disaster is a wakeup call – who watches the watchers?  </strong>It's time to <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/case-cameras-augmenting-view-small-assisted-living">remake the case for cameras in senior care</a>. Only <a href="https://www.managedhealthcareconnect.com/article/cameras-long-term-care-monitoring-surveillance-and-risk-management-concerns">eight states have authorized families</a> to install them in nursing homes. And in assisted living communities, rules are set within states – just this year, a Minnesota family has been <a href="http://www.startribune.com/minn-families-of-nursing-home-patients-press-for-right-to-use-cameras-to-monitor-care/505479042/">fighting to be allowed to place a camera</a> in the residence. This should be a national conversation – and it needs to apply to <a href="https://homecareassistance.com/blog/video-elderly">in-home care</a> workers as well. When a disaster happens, as with the death of <a href="https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article222580115.html">Hollywood Hills nursing home residents</a>, there can be an attempt to prevent future disasters by <a href="https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/12/23/florida-nursing-homes-get-more-time-to-install-mandated-generators">introducing new mandates for generators.</a>  Yet a year or more later, two-thirds of Florida's nursing homes have not complied (yet).</p> <p><strong>But generators are expensive – cameras are cheap.  </strong>The projected costs for generators in Florida, $121 million for nursing homes, $243 million for assisted living, are steep. But <a href="https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/columns/marketplace-columns/ip-video-cameras-in-assisted-living-communities/">IP cameras for assisted living, home care, or skilled nursing homes</a>?   At <a href="https://www.amazon.com/slp/elderly-monitoring/bk82cunefag839x">$38/camera</a> for each of 1 million assisted living units in the US – that’s just over $38 million for all the units, assuming there is even a single organization that could purchase them and no organization to lobby against it. But what if it was an item on the required list at move-in? What if placing a home care worker (or babysitter) with a family <strong>required</strong> the family to have a working camera in the home? Cameras are there to enable a family member to see what’s going on – but even more important, for a worker to know that the standard of care in that home includes the presence of a camera. Cameras don't guarantee better care -- but no camera is a guarantee that the quality of the care at any given time is unrecorded and therefore not known until it may be too late.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/iot-and-home-monitoring">IoT and home monitoring</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/home-care">Home Care</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/tech-enabled-home-care">tech-enabled home care</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/senior-living">senior living</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_1"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fit-s-time-cameras-nursing-homes-assisted-living-and-home-care&amp;title=It%E2%80%99s%20time%20for%20cameras%20%E2%80%93%20nursing%20homes%2C%20assisted%20living%2C%20and%20home%20care"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> <script type="text/javascript"> <!--//--><![CDATA[//><!-- if(window.da2a)da2a.script_load(); //--><!]]> </script></span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/aqpXyxMGLM0" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Mon, 18 Mar 2019 19:55:13 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/it-s-time-cameras-nursing-homes-assisted-living-and-home-care#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/it-s-time-cameras-nursing-homes-assisted-living-and-home-care 2019-03-18 19:55 +00:00 2019-03-18 12:55 -07:00 4025 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/2xrKW5NXPXE/ideas-white-houses-technology-support-aging-adults Ideas from White House's Technology to Support Aging Adults <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/aging%20technology.jfif" style="float:left; height:78px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:130px" />Technology and aging R&amp;D – who knew about this task force?</strong>  Maybe you were also surprised to see this government report posted last week -- <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Emerging-Tech-to-Support-Aging-2019.pdf">Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population.</a>  Of course the aging of the baby boomers (oldest are age 73) is on the minds of lots of businesses and government groups, for various reasons.  Some see a market opportunity in services (<a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2018/04/18/the-shortage-of-home-care-workers-worse-than-you-think/#465aa3313ddd">home care</a><a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/31/as-the-us-population-ages-the-need-for-home-health-care-workers-skyrockets.html">, home health care</a>, <a href="https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/remodeling-2017/">home remodeling</a>).  Some see product sale growth of items (like <a href="https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/us-durable-medical-equipment-dme-market-analysis">DME equipment</a>) for an aging population.  Some see <a href="https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-featd-article-112017.html">housing opportunities</a> or changes to make <a href="https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-featd-article-112017.html">age-friendlier communities</a>, and some see <a href="https://www.huduser.gov/portal/pdredge/pdr-edge-featd-article-112017.html">looming health costs</a> associated with the 50 million individuals now aged 65+. It was a surprise, though, to see this White House report last week, and even more of a surprise to read what’s in it.</p> <p><strong>The report takes a broad view of enabling older adults to live independently.   </strong>The report, for the most part, was not a rehash of other recommendations – even when the sections sounded similar, they veered off into innovation concepts that are not currently available.  No doubt others will inspect this report for ideas about entrepreneurial opportunity.  Here are a selected few areas that are not generally discussed in forums about tech for aging – future blog posts will explore this material further -- here's hoping that prospective inventors, providers of existing solutions for older adults will read the whole report to find more suggestions.  </p> <ul><li><strong>Hygiene</strong> <strong>– including oral health</strong>.  Some talk about <a href="https://medicalfuturist.com/the-amazing-future-of-dentistry-and-oral-health">smart toothbrushes</a> or <a href="https://www.moen.com/whats-new/innovation/u">shower nozzles</a> – but not in the context of caregivers and older adults. For example, imagine for the 46% of women aged 75+ who live alone, a personalized shower, reminding caregivers about behavioral change or the presence of bacteria on frequently handled devices.  Imagine systems that support personalized dental regimen based on mouth biology – and imagine notification to others that hygiene problems were beginning – before the loss of teeth.</li> </ul><ul><li>F<strong>inancial security and preventing financial exploitation</strong>. Understanding the relationship between <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/25/your-money/as-cognitivity-slips-financial-skills-are-often-the-first-to-go.html">existing measures of financial function</a> with other function – computer use, driving, cell phone use, and mobility to predict decline in financial capacity – and before assets were lost.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Hearing – improving assistance in all environments. </strong>Advances are already underway to improve the self-service capabilities for <a href="https://www.audicus.com/six-mobile-hearing-loss-apps/">testing hearing</a>, but not to simulate restaurant noise or demonstrate how their specific loss degrades clarity in those environments. And what about linking hearables to reminders of names via face recognition, with health alerts synced to fitness monitors – helping to prevent social isolation and health decline.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>In-home rehabilitation. </strong>Further explore the use of virtual reality and gaming for use by older adults to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23614694">improve gait following a stroke</a>. Use smart-home technologies to monitor for improvement, prediction of disability or prevention of functional decline – before an individual falls and is re-hospitalized</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>User adoption. </strong> Note that "continual learning and adjustment to technology services and updates is a barrier to using rapidly changing technology. New technology should be able to leverage existing platforms that older adults are already familiar with to ease the transition."  </li> </ul><p>[For those who receive this blog post in email, please look on the website <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> for this and other useful information.]</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/iot-and-home-monitoring">IoT and home monitoring</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/family-caregivers">Family caregivers</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/hearing-loss">hearing loss</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/home-health-care">home health care</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_2"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fideas-white-houses-technology-support-aging-adults&amp;title=Ideas%20from%20White%20House%27s%20Technology%20to%20Support%20Aging%20Adults"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/2xrKW5NXPXE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Wed, 13 Mar 2019 18:18:47 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ideas-white-houses-technology-support-aging-adults#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ideas-white-houses-technology-support-aging-adults 2019-03-13 18:18 +00:00 2019-03-13 11:18 -07:00 4017 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/PbvWD6oLR14/focus-technology-older-adults-sharpens-2019 Focus on Technology for Older Adults Sharpens in 2019 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/2019%20image%202.jpg" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:90px" /><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/market-overview-technology-older-adults">2019 Technology Market Overview is online this week</a>.</strong> When assembling the 2019 tenth anniversary version, it was apparent that this year reflects change -- in the <a href="https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/demand-for-seniors-housing-finally-catches-up-with-supply-in-fourth-quarter-nic/">supply-demand balance in the overbuilt senior housing</a> market, in policy changes driving health care services into the home, in market forecasts, and in the mix of vendors who serve the market.   It's in many ways a good-news/bad-news story.  Awareness is growing about an aging demographic, working longer and with longer life expectancy than previous generations.  At the same time, the technology market continues to expand in complexity, privacy and interoperability issues, while not effectively lowering cost of access or prices of useful devices -- and not necessarily boosting the availability of training on their benefits or use.  Here are four updated premises from the <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/market-overview-technology-older-adults"><strong>2019 Market Overview of Technology for Older Adults</strong></a>:</p> <p><strong>1. Caregiving demands of an aging population drive policy change and government interest in 2019. </strong>In January, 2019, the coordinating body for Health IT (ONC) released interoperability advice, <a href="https://www.healthit.gov/buzz-blog/interoperability/oncs-proposed-rule-will-connect-people-to-their-care">connecting people to their care</a>, that requires representing the relationship between a patient and another person (provider, caregiver, or family member). And in February, ONC proposed a further rule change that would allow <a href="https://ecqi.healthit.gov/ecqi/ecqi-news/onc-releases-proposed-rule-support-seamless-and-secure-access-exchange-and-use-electronic-health-information-ehi">individuals to securely and easily access structured Electronic Health Information</a> using applications for smartphones and other mobile devices. And in March, 2019, the White House released a report on <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Emerging-Tech-to-Support-Aging-2019.pdf">Emerging Technologies to Support an Aging Population</a>. </p> <p><strong>2. Tech adoption among the oldest has not kept pace with technology improvements. </strong>The surveyed ubiquity of technology has led to a belief that it is everywhere it needs to be, with media assumptions about the benefit of smartphones and online tools, ownership of devices, or access to broadband speeds. But while government and insurers see benefits of using technology to help people remain at home, device complexity, price, poor usability, rapid obsolescence combined with lack of standard professional training have created big barriers to broadening usage of an aging population, <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/real-seniors-lack-essential-technology-consider-older-americans-technology-act-2019">particularly for individuals aged 75+</a>.</p> <p><strong>3. Paid home care continues to pick up where families and senior housing leave off. </strong> On average, home care fills a care gap of 20-27 hours per week at a presumed lower cost ($20.50/hour paid to agency) than a move to assisted living. Home care work (or personal care aide) has been one of the fastest growing job categories in the US, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but pay to the worker averages <a href="https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Home_Care_Worker/Hourly_Rate">around $11/hour for the worker</a>. And for much of the industry, <a href="https://phinational.org/recruitment-retention-long-term-care-national-perspective/">turnover of 45-66% is typical and the cost to replace is $2200.</a> Further, <a href="https://www.corridorgroup.com/about/insights/solutions/two-of-largest-us-states-considering-wage-hikes-for-home-care-workers/">wage increases are rare</a>, but the shortage of home care workers worsens, especially in urban areas in which they cannot afford to live – and are predicted to amount to <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2019/01/caregiver-shortage-could-mean-7-8-million-unfilled-jobs-by-2026/">7.8 million unfilled jobs by 2026</a>.</p> <p><strong>4. Medicare Advantage changes may revive tech-enabled home care services. </strong>Besides further cementing consumer commitment to support aging at home, 2018 demonstrated that tech-enabled home care offerings may again prove useful despite <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/valleyvoices/2016/11/21/why-vcs-care-more-about-home-care/#66339fd855db">over-heated investment</a> that culminated in an unprecedented $200 million of<a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/whatever-happened-tech-enabled-home-care"> failed</a>, bungled, or pivoted home care startups – leaving the traditional home care industry largely unchanged. A far-reaching change began in 2018 to <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/24/us/politics/medicare-chronic-illness-benefits.html?module=inline">expand benefits for the chronically ill</a> -- resulting in the likelihood that in 2019 non-skilled in-home care services will be reimbursed under the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, which covers <a href="https://www.kff.org/medicare/issue-brief/a-dozen-facts-about-medicare-advantage/">a third of Medicare beneficiaries</a>. This change will no doubt drive 2019 interest in labor-saving caregiving technology in both <a href="https://seniorhousingnews.com/2018/12/18/2018-became-landmark-year-big-techs-pursuit-senior-living-dollars/">home care and senior living settings</a>.</p> <p>[NOTE: If you receive this blog post through email, please click on the website <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> to see latest news articles, trend reports, press releases, and more].</p> <p>Click on the 2019 updated report in this <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/market-overview-technology-older-adults">attached link</a>.</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/baby-boomers">baby boomers</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/boomer-senior-tech-business">Boomer-Senior Tech Business</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/home-care">Home Care</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/iot-and-home-monitoring">IoT and home monitoring</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/voice-firstaivoice-assistants">Voice First/AI/Voice Assistants</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/mhealth-digital-health-telehealth-voice-health">mHealth-Digital Health-Telehealth-Voice Health</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_3"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Ffocus-technology-older-adults-sharpens-2019&amp;title=Focus%20on%20Technology%20for%20Older%20Adults%20Sharpens%20in%202019"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/PbvWD6oLR14" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tue, 05 Mar 2019 15:15:10 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/focus-technology-older-adults-sharpens-2019#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/focus-technology-older-adults-sharpens-2019 2019-03-05 15:15 +00:00 2019-03-05 08:15 -07:00 4012 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/9Qtr8WxMmrs/2009-19-market-technology-older-adults-all-change-all-time 2009-19 Market of Technology for Older Adults -- All change, all the time <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/tech%20trends%202019.jpg" style="float:left; height:75px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />The more things change...</strong>This is the tenth anniversary of the launch of this Market Overview of technology for ‘Aging in Place’, to be re-published in March 2019 – the category of offerings that help enable older adults to remain longer in their home of choice. The launch of that first report was timed in conjunction with the <a href="https://boomersummit.wordpress.com/2009/02/">What’s Next Boomer Business Summit of 2009</a> and offered a chance to speak publicly about a market category that had been largely ignored by tech industry analysts.  As a long-time Forrester analyst, this seemed odd, not unlike the ‘tree falling in the forest’ cliché – if there is no market overview of tech categories, how do vendors position themselves in the market? </p> <p><strong>What a difference a decade makes.</strong> In 2009, there were specialized email services that converted an online message into paper form; WiFi in seniors’ homes or senior living residences was rare; the mobile PERS offerings were just a concept; the iPad had not been announced; <a href="https://storyofdigitalhealth.com/definition/">Digital Health</a> was three years away; and Voice First offerings would not appear for another five years. AARP’s <a href="https://www.aarp.org/relationships/caregiving/info-03-2008/healthy_home.html">Healthy@Home</a> had just been published, noting the willingness to use technology in the home, even though little had been invented or marketed yet. In 2009, the market was forecast to be $20 billion by 2020. </p> <p><strong>All of that has changed by 2019</strong>. As the oldest Baby Boomer turns 73 this year, vendor interest in tech for older adults reaches all the way from (A) <a href="https://seniorhousingnews.com/2018/09/12/apple-makes-play-seniors-new-smartwatch-features/">Apple</a> to (Z) <a href="https://www.zanthion.com/">Zanthion</a>.  At least half of adults age<a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/chart/home-broadband-by-age/"> 65+ have broadband connections</a> in their homes – and insurance incentives are pushing more <a href="https://mhealthintelligence.com/news/cms-proposes-telehealth-expansion-for-medicare-advantage-plans">tech-enabled health care offerings into the home</a>. Meanwhile, seniors will face a <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/05/where-the-home-health-aide-shortage-will-hit-hardest-by-2025/">worsening shortage of workers</a> to provide care in the home -- even as the <a href="https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/aging-place-growing-old-home">majority of seniors will want to stay there versus move to senior living</a> (which will face the same labor shortage). Yet the new technology landscape, however, is not just about an aging demographic – it is about changing technology trends that emphasize use of standard hardware platforms, <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/connected-living-social-aging">designed for all</a>, customized through a wealth of software for special purposes and specific market segments, incorporating a plethora of ever-changing devices and ever-more-mystifying complexity. In 2019, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has sized the 'active aging' technology market as reaching $29.8 billion by 2022 -- the year the oldest baby boomer turns 76. Expect tech adoption for the 75+ age range to begin to ratchet up, right along with lengthening age 65+ <a href="https://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2019/02/05/why-older-couples-must-look-beyond-life-expectancy-when-planning-for-retirement/">life expectancy</a>.  </p> <p><strong>From senior-only tech to senior-aware marketing.</strong> While there are still specialty tech offerings for older adults (i.e. PERS, now 30% mobile), a growing percentage of seniors are using general commercial offerings, from smart phones to smart speakers to smart watches with emergency buttons. Apps for caregiving have mostly come and gone. Tapping and typing, required in 2009, is augmented and sometimes<a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/future-voice-first-technology-and-older-adults-2018"> replaced by speaking</a>. <a href="https://rendever.com/">Virtual reality has opened whole worlds</a>, literally, for senior living residents. <a href="https://www.the-ambient.com/guides/smart-home-sensors-essential-guide-896">Sensors continue to shrink</a>, <a href="https://www.safehome.org/doorbell-cameras/">doorbells have acquired brains</a>, <a href="https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/columns/marketplace-columns/fda-cleared-wearables-are-the-future-of-senior-care/">health-smart wearables</a> are helping seniors better manage chronic conditions.  The insurance and technology markets are united, so to speak, in the mission of helping older adults stay out of the <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-21/hospitals-are-getting-eaten-away-by-market-trends-analysts-say">dwindling number of hospitals</a>, expecting<a href="https://www.healthleadersmedia.com/innovation/3-predictions-virtual-care-2019"> telehealh/virtual care to be an enabler</a>. Services are emerging, like BestBuy's <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/connected-living-social-aging">Assured Living</a>, to help families and older adults make the most sense of the ever-expanding tangle of tech in their home.  Maybe 2019 will begin a decade of technology streamlining, integration, and simplification. But don't bet on it.</p> <p> </p> <p>[NOTE: If you receive this blog post through email, please click on the website <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2009-19-market-technology-older-adults-all-change-all-time">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> to see news articles, trend reports, press releases, and more].</p> <p> </p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/boomer-senior-tech-business">Boomer-Senior Tech Business</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/aging-place">aging in place</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/iot-and-home-monitoring">IoT and home monitoring</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/voice-firstaivoice-assistants">Voice First/AI/Voice Assistants</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/mhealth-digital-health-telehealth-voice-health">mHealth-Digital Health-Telehealth-Voice Health</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_4"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2F2009-19-market-technology-older-adults-all-change-all-time&amp;title=2009-19%20Market%20of%20Technology%20for%20Older%20Adults%20--%20All%20change%2C%20all%20the%20time"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/9Qtr8WxMmrs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:36:21 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2009-19-market-technology-older-adults-all-change-all-time#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2009-19-market-technology-older-adults-all-change-all-time 2019-02-27 14:36 +00:00 2019-02-27 07:36 -07:00 4009 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/O6JlhHuRSjY/whatever-happened-tech-enabled-home-care Whatever Happened to Tech-Enabled Home Care? <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/rainbow%20unicorn.jfif" style="float:left; height:101px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />So much VC money, so little resulting change. </strong>Past venture capital investment in home care boggles the mind. It seems only yesterday that <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/tech-enabled-home-care-rising-worker-scarcity-family-expectations">Tech-Enabled Home Care was published</a> – with that wonderful Forbes graphic "Why VCs Care More About Home Care."  The Forbes article noted the <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/valleyvoices/2016/11/21/why-vcs-care-more-about-home-care/#692125b455db">$200 million invested just in 2016</a> -- with big money that year putting $60M into <a href="https://www.clearcareonline.com/">ClearCare</a>, $46 million into Care.com and $42 million into Honor as next in line.  The VCs cared, all right – if that money was an indicator. But were they smart? Did they change the dynamics of the home care industry? With smaller investment that year, it's good to see that <a href="https://www.helloenvoy.com/">Envoy</a> (concierge service for independent living), <a href="http://kindlycare.com/">Kindly Care</a> (home care agency), <a href="https://caremerge.com/">Caremerge</a> (home care platform), and <a href="http://www.seniorlink.com/">Seniorlink</a> (care coordination) are in their same businesses from 2016 – and others from the period like Envoy and <a href="https://www.carelinx.com/">CareLinx</a> received additional investment and moved forward. What happened to other Forbes rock stars? </p> <p><strong>Some went down and others, like Care.com, gained more, perhaps dubious, investment. </strong>HomeHero ($23 million, direct-to-consumer) quickly shut down in 2017,  "<a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2017/02/homehero-closure-casts-shadow-over-home-care-disrupters/">more bluster than disrupter</a>" – including a link to founder Kyle Hill’s <a href="https://medium.com/@kaleazy/theres-no-magic-in-venture-backed-home-care-8f5389528279#.b7aj15qsd">whiny story</a> of disillusionment that made him 'hang up his cape.'  Perhaps he was wise, since his cohorts from that period swallowed up much more money. Consider Care.com – total funding through its <a href="https://medium.com/@kaleazy/theres-no-magic-in-venture-backed-home-care-8f5389528279#.b7aj15qsd">2016 IPO of $156 million</a> (mostly direct-to-consumer) – with Alphabet/Google delivering <a href="https://investorplace.com/2016/07/googl-goog-crcm-google-stock-care-com/">the last round and becoming the largest shareholder of the company</a>. Care.com is a home-related services marketplace (babysitters, pet sitters, elder care) – but was that enormous investment required?  And given recent noisy issues <a href="https://www.wbur.org/commonhealth/2018/02/27/care-com-background-check-settlement">about its weak background checks</a>, was it smart – and of what benefit will this firm be to Google?</p> <p><strong>Hometeam. </strong>Founded by Josh Bruno in 2014 so that 'all caregivers are visible, recognized, and empowered,' the company raised a total of $43.5 million over three rounds. This was a <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2015/07/23/hometeam-emerges-from-stealth-to-bring-better-in-home-care-to-seniors/">direct-to-consumer offering matching caregivers with those looking for them</a>, primarily in the greater New York/New Jersey area. However, in April of 2018, <a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/4/12/17231710/ceo-president-hometeam-seniorcare-josh-bruno-matt-marcotte-departures">top executives stepped down</a>, including the new president who had only been on board 5 months. The firm pivoted to B2B services for a dual-eligible (Medicare, Medicaid) model in its same region. So was that last $27.5 million sensible for the series B <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2016/01/hometeam-scores-27-5-million-from-investors/">group that spent the money in 2016</a>, supposedly to enable "expansion into multiple new regions" or was it extraordinary -- as one writer politely noted at the time?</p> <p><strong>And at $115 million, consider Honor, the biggest investment puzzlement of all.  </strong>Honor (<a href="https://techcrunch.com/2015/04/02/an-ex-googler-is-launching-an-in-home-care-startup-called-honor-and-raised-20-million/">JoinHonor.com</a>) was also the product of enthusiastic investment by a VC. The company was founded by Seth Sternberg, previously the seller of social media firm Meebo to Google for $100 million in 2012 (and <a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/06/06/a-year-after-google-acquistion-meebo-bar-will-discontinue-as-team-settles-in-with-google/">killed a year later</a> in favor of the <a href="https://bgr.com/2018/10/08/google-plus-data-breach-profile-information/">now-dead Google+</a>).  So what was <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2015/04/02/an-ex-googler-is-launching-an-in-home-care-startup-called-honor-and-raised-20-million/">the original plan for Honor</a>?  The description cited better screening of caregivers in its online marketplace, hiring them, paying them as much as $17/hour, perhaps for brief stints of a few hours here or there. Then along came <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/honor-raises-42-million-in-series-b-funding-round-300310253.html">another $42 million to deliver the service to more people</a> during that overheated funding year of 2016. Finally, in a no-surprise  'pivot' last year, it raised another $50 million to <a href="file:///C:/Users/lauri/Documents/home/Aging%20in%20Place/Miscellaneous/technology%20and%20operations%20partner%20for%20a%20growing%20network%20of%20in-home%20care%20agencies.">become a technology partner for home care agencies</a>, a tech company after all. Was all that money from VCs well-spent or was that $115 million also 'extraordinary'?</p> <p><strong>Meanwhile, back over at the traditional and booming home care franchise market.  </strong>During the height of the 2016 bubble, traditional home care companies were surprisingly unfazed by the swirl of money surrounding these unicorns. Several privately predicted that it was a lot of sound and fury, signifying not much. They went about growing <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/10/home-instead-interim-visiting-angels-top-home-care-franchises-in-latest-ranking/">their franchise businesses to the levels that they are today,</a> led by Home Instead ($1.58 billion globally in 1300 locations), Interim Health Care (home care and hospice), and Visiting Angels, but including a long list of home care agencies that were in business years before 2016. The biggest risk to this industry will be <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/05/where-the-home-health-aide-shortage-will-hit-hardest-by-2025/">labor shortages</a> – and the pressure to raise wages to <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/10/amazons-15-minimum-wage-turns-up-the-heat-on-home-care-providers/">compete for workers</a> with firms like Amazon and Walmart – where the jobs are less demanding. But as for the $200 million of VC investment in home care startups, they were right to look the other way.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/home-care">Home Care</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/tech-enabled-home-care">tech-enabled home care</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_5"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fwhatever-happened-tech-enabled-home-care&amp;title=Whatever%20Happened%20to%20Tech-Enabled%20Home%20Care%3F"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/O6JlhHuRSjY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Wed, 20 Feb 2019 18:44:43 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/whatever-happened-tech-enabled-home-care#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/whatever-happened-tech-enabled-home-care 2019-02-20 18:44 +00:00 2019-02-20 11:44 -07:00 4001 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/R6Yqi-BNft8/five-technology-offerings-himss-2019 Five technology offerings from HIMSS 2019 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/digital%20health.png" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />HIMSS 2019 is where 43,000 health IT enthusiasts engage.   </strong>Per their own <a href="https://www.himss.org/news/himss19-numbers">by-the-numbers charts</a>, you see a picture of the scale of it -- more than 40,000 attendees wanted to be in Orlando, braving weather-related travel obstacles, obtain any required <a href="https://www.himssconference.org/education/continuing-education">continuing education units</a> – and ideally see as much as possible of the 1300 <a href="https://himss19.mapyourshow.com/7_0/search.cfm">vendor exhibits</a>. Remembering that adults 65+ are major consumers of healthcare. Here are five of these offerings from 2019 HIMSS, viewed with the lens of caregiving and older adults. </p> <p><strong>Aiva. </strong>​Aiva uses Google Home, Amazon Echo and other smart speakers to not only engage and empower patients and seniors, but also to connect them more closely to their caregivers. The voice OS is built on a suite of enterprise applications -- a mobile app for caregivers to manage help requests, a dashboard for performance reporting, and a backend for controlling the voice assistants’ settings and their interaction with other IoT smart devices like TVs, lights and thermostats. Learn more at <a href="https://aivahealth.com/">AivaHealth</a>.</p> <p><strong>Beyond Verbal.</strong> Beyond Verbal is developing voice-enabled AI solutions to create proprietary vocal biomarkers for personalized healthcare screening and continuous remote monitoring of health and emotions. We are now having access to an extensive database of over 150K patient records with over 1 Million anonymized voice recordings. Our internal database has grown to include more than tens of thousands of labeled patient records, correlated with their medical records. Learn more at <a href="https://beyondverbal.com/">BeyondVerbal</a>.</p> <p><strong>CarePassport. </strong> Patients benefit from a single medical app to support them throughout their medical journey. Find clinics and hospitals nearby your location, request and manage appointments, view your care providers’ contact information, and communicate with them via secure messaging. Patients can view their medical records and securely share with their healthcare providers. CarePassport allows patients to receive educational materials related to their care, authorize family members to access their information through secure proxy settings, and use navigation maps to drive to their appointments or arrange rides via Uber. Learn more at <a href="https://carepassport.com/#ForPatient">CarePassport.</a></p> <p><strong>EchoCare. </strong>EchoCare Technologies has a radar-based, non-wearable, elderly-care, home monitoring system that automatically alerts safety and emergency situations. The ECHO system is a connected, machine-learning, Advanced-PERS (Personal Emergency Response System) that includes a disruptive fall detector with very low false alarm. In addition to unprecedented fall detection capabilities, the ECHO system detects and alerts on other emergency situations, such as sleep apnea, hyperventilation, abnormal situations, and change from elderly daily routines. Learn more at <a href="http://www.echocare-tech.com/">EchoCare</a>.</p> <p><strong>GetWellNetwork. </strong>The company’s GetWell Loop™ enables care teams to engage all patients before and after admission through automated daily check-ins. By sending the right information at the right time, GetWell Loop identifies those patients that need help in real-time, allowing care teams to reach more patients and proactively intervene before costs and complications escalate. Lear more at <a href="https://www.getwellnetwork.com/patient-engagement/">GetWellNetwork.</a></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/healthcare">healthcare</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/mhealth-digital-health-telehealth-voice-health">mHealth-Digital Health-Telehealth-Voice Health</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/digital-health">digital health</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/himss-2019">HIMSS 2019</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_6"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Ffive-technology-offerings-himss-2019&amp;title=Five%20technology%20offerings%20from%20HIMSS%202019"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/R6Yqi-BNft8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:20:38 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-technology-offerings-himss-2019#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-technology-offerings-himss-2019 2019-02-13 12:20 +00:00 2019-02-13 05:20 -07:00 3998 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/lNcqN2GWFUI/six-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-january-2019 Six Health and Aging Technology Blog Posts from January, 2019 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/January%202019%20calendar.png" style="float:left; height:75px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />January 2019 was a l-o-o-o-n-g month.</strong>  And not the least because of travel to California, Nevada, Tennessee, and a hop through Atlanta.  Most because it was difficult to absorb and rationalize so much tech news, hype, booths and convention center halls at <a href="https://digitalhealthsummit.com/">the Digital Health Summit at CES</a> 2019 – where a step counter status update may have been the most satisfying experience of all at the end of the day. Chattanooga was a visit to the <a href="https://www.voicefirst.fm/alexa-world-fair">Alexa World Fair</a>, where the song ‘<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everybody%27s_Talkin%27">Everybody’s Talkin’</a> acquired new meaning – clearly the Voice First landscape, well-tracked by <a href="https://voicebot.ai/author/bret/">Voicebot.AI and Bret Kinsella</a>, is heating up.  Here are the six blog posts to kick off the new year in January 2019:</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-2019-look-back-and-ahead-tech-buzz-hope-and-hype">2018-2019 look back and ahead at tech buzz, hope, and hype</a></strong><strong>. </strong>Who can resist reflection when a year ends and 2019 begins?<strong> </strong>So much racket, so much of it driven by writers desperate for something to write about – and we’re not talking about the news. Lots of  negative tech energy in 2018, including <a href="https://healthitsecurity.com/news/4.4m-records-exposed-in-117-health-data-breaches-in-q3-2018" target="_blank"><strong>healthcare data breaches</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/how-much-trust-can-facebook-afford-to-lose" target="_blank"><strong>Facebook’s loss of trust</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2018/10/10/this-is-why-people-no-longer-trust-google-and-facebook-with-their-data/#4e00cce14b09" target="_blank"><strong>ditto with Google</strong></a> and its <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/18/17587620/google-european-commission-billion-fine-microsoft-antitrust" target="_blank"><strong>much discussed</strong></a> anti-competitive <a href="https://www.libertyheadlines.com/hatch-ftc-google/" target="_blank"><strong>positioning in search</strong></a>. The visibility of Facebook management issues and Google <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/20/17595612/google-antitrust-eu-duckduckgo-chrome" target="_blank"><strong>competitive quagmire</strong></a> may actually be good for consumers.  So what was interesting in 2018 that was great news, possibly intriguing or just plain worth noting prior to <a href="https://www.ces.tech/" target="_blank"><strong>CES 2019</strong></a>, which will present a cornucopia (or maybe just a plethora) of new tech and tech news? [Warning, more blog posts about CES next week while there].  A few topics that stood out. <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-2019-look-back-and-ahead-tech-buzz-hope-and-hype">Read more</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets"><strong>Ten Technology Offerings from CES 2019 – Beyond Gadgets.</strong></a> </strong>Bright Lights, thick smoke, constant walking and avoidance maneuvers.<strong>  </strong>After taking a year or two off, returning to CES is a chore and a revelation – it clearly is the major event for new technology announcements. Gadgets, yes, too many smart wearables, including underwear, too many near misses of being run over by gangs of oblivious young guys staring at their phones. If there was a key trend in all of this racket, Sleep has become a tech obsession, the uptake of Digital Health is almost here, new variants of companions and assistants were pervasive, including <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/7/18169939/google-assistant-billion-devices-feature-phones-ces-2019" target="_blank"><strong>Google Assistant inside everything</strong></a> and Amazon voice <a href="https://www.slashgear.com/amazon-confirms-alexa-device-sales-numbers-and-its-a-lot-05560097/amp/" target="_blank"><strong>devices everywhere</strong></a>. <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets">Read more</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets">Ten More Technology Offerings from CES 2019 -- Beyond Gadgets</a>.</strong> CES 2019 – Gone but certainly not forgotten. Multiple blog posts and articles have surfaced since <a href="https://www.ces.tech/About-CES.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>CES 2019</strong></a> – including some offerings that should be recapped here. No doubt they would have been viewed in person with more time and better tennis shoes at the Sands Convention Center. There was ANOTHER convention center (LVCC) and various hotel events that remained sight unseen. The important insight about CES is that while some offerings were played in a previous year, the networking opportunity for innovators was too good to miss and so many returned.  <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets">Read more.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/consider-aging-virtual-world"><strong>Consider: Aging in a Virtual World.</strong></a> </strong>Once upon a time, in a language far, far away…We used terms like <a href="https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/getting-started-long-distance-caregiving" target="_blank"><strong>long distance</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.care.com/c/stories/5593/9-tips-for-coping-with-remote-caregiver-guilt/" target="_blank"><strong>remote</strong></a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telepresence" target="_blank"><strong>telepresence</strong></a> to describe services and experiences that were taking place somewhere else. We were guided on how to cope with these remote processes where we were not present to manage or experience. And for the care recipients being managed, they were unable to communicate problems in their on-site, 'real' experience. Consider dementia care and the still-startling lack of cameras in these settings – <a href="https://seniorhousingnews.com/2016/03/23/granny-cam-laws-target-assisted-living/" target="_blank"><strong>despite family willingness to pay</strong></a>. These limitations seem so yesterday.  Even a telepresence player like <a href="https://suitabletech.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Beam threw in the towel</strong></a> and refers to the world it now navigates as ‘virtual.’   Let's take a longer look into this virtual world as it relates to care of older adults and consider such offerings. <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/consider-aging-virtual-world">Read more</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/technology-tool-tarnish-facebook-twitter-google-and-linkedin">Technology Tool Tarnish – Facebook, Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn.</a></strong> <strong>Facebook is the company we increasingly love to hate – but boomers still ‘like’ it</strong><strong>.</strong> So <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/11/15/its-time-to-start-regulating-facebook/?utm_term=.7963d65e5b12" target="_blank"><strong>much negative press</strong></a>, well deserved, about Facebook lately, including the <a href="https://www.revealnews.org/article/facebook-knowingly-duped-game-playing-kids-and-their-parents-out-of-money/" target="_blank"><strong>lawsuit about knowingly duping children playing games</strong></a>. Then there was <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/09/05/more-than-american-users-have-deleted-facebook-pew-survey-finds/?utm_term=.9c1ca14d74ea" target="_blank"><strong>the Pew Research</strong></a> estimated number of <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/12/19/these-people-deleted-their-facebook-accounts-and-have-no-regrets/2365191002/" target="_blank"><strong>deleted accounts</strong></a> (mostly young people) and no small deal, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/05/facebook-dangerous-monopoly-divest-instagram-whatsapp-messenger-column/1512215002/" target="_blank"><strong>a big security breach</strong></a>.  Clearly this is a company with management issues – and someday will either fail (unlikely), <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/05/facebook-dangerous-monopoly-divest-instagram-whatsapp-messenger-column/1512215002/" target="_blank"><strong>be broken up</strong></a>, or <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/31/17632858/facebook-regulation-mark-warner-policy-paper-congress" target="_blank"><strong>be regulated</strong></a>, even in the US, which has for some unknown reason done nothing to date, unlike <a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/4/18/17249406/facebook-eu-gdpr-europe-data-privacy-rules" target="_blank"><strong>privacy actions taken in Europe</strong></a>.   According to eMarketer, though, baby boomers are still big users – of the 76.4 million of them, <a href="https://www.emarketer.com/content/facebook-is-tops-with-everyone-but-teens" target="_blank"><strong>31.9 million are using Facebook</strong></a>. <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/technology-tool-tarnish-facebook-twitter-google-and-linkedin">Read more</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2019-what-technology-matters-older-adults">2<strong>019: What Technology Matters for Older Adults.</strong></a> <strong>In 2018, technology utilization grew – so did frustrations.  </strong>While <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/28/internet-social-media-use-and-device-ownership-in-u-s-have-plateaued-after-years-of-growth/" target="_blank"><strong>Internet and social media technology use has plateaued</strong></a> over all age ranges, Facebook still has captured only <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/10/24/facts-about-americans-and-facebook/" target="_blank"><strong>41% of the 65+.</strong></a>  Pew’s data showed that smartphone ownership still has not overtaken cellphones <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/" target="_blank"><strong>among the 65+.</strong></a>   In early 2019, AARP Research published a technology survey taken in 2018 which showed ownership of smartphones growing to <a href="https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/surveys_statistics/technology/2019/2019-technology-trends-annotated-questionnaire.doi.10.26419-2Fres.00269.003.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>65% of the 65+</strong></a>.  However, that same survey revealed low trust in online safety, and generally low trust in institutions to keep their personal data safe, a justified worry, given the number of data breaches that occurred during 2018. <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2019-what-technology-matters-older-adults">Read more.</a></p> <p>[NOTE: If you are reading this as an email, you are welcome to click directly on the website <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-january-2019">Aging in Place Technology Watch </a>where other useful trend information is located.]</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/voice-firstaivoice-assistants">Voice First/AI/Voice Assistants</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/mhealth-digital-health-telehealth-voice-health">mHealth-Digital Health-Telehealth-Voice Health</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/ces-2019">CES 2019</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_7"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fsix-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-january-2019&amp;title=Six%20Health%20and%20Aging%20Technology%20Blog%20Posts%20from%20January%2C%202019"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/lNcqN2GWFUI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Mon, 04 Feb 2019 19:38:24 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-january-2019#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-january-2019 2019-02-04 19:38 +00:00 2019-02-04 12:38 -07:00 3992 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/PLxMjHHpB5I/2019-what-technology-matters-older-adults 2019: What Technology Matters for Older Adults <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/tenth%20anniversary.jfif" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:125px" />In 2018, technology utilization grew – so did frustrations.  </strong>While <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/28/internet-social-media-use-and-device-ownership-in-u-s-have-plateaued-after-years-of-growth/">Internet and social media technology use has plateaued</a> over all age ranges, Facebook still has captured only <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/10/24/facts-about-americans-and-facebook/">41% of the 65+.</a>  Pew’s data showed that smartphone ownership still has not overtaken cellphones <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile/">among the 65+.</a>   In early 2019, AARP Research published a technology survey taken in 2018 which showed ownership of smartphones growing to <a href="https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/surveys_statistics/technology/2019/2019-technology-trends-annotated-questionnaire.doi.10.26419-2Fres.00269.003.pdf">65% of the 65+</a>.  However, that same survey revealed low trust in online safety, and generally low trust in institutions to keep their personal data safe, a justified worry, given the number of data breaches that occurred during 2018.</p> <!--break--><p><strong>Competitions among innovators were held and won.  </strong>2018 was a banner year for competitions in the age-related categories.  ElliQ from Intuition Robotics won <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/press-release/intuition-robotics-named-ces-2018-best-of-innovation-winner---smart-home-category-for-its-active-aging-companion-elliq-2018-01-07">Best of Innovation at CES 2018</a>. Embodied Labs (a VR offering) won <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/pressrelease/aarp-innovation-labs-announces-winners-2018-grand-pitch">AARP’s innovation pitch in October</a> and <a href="https://wavelethealth.com/">Wavelet Health</a> won the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Business Plan competition. Ohmni Labs won the <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-technologies-2018-aging-20-optimize">Global Startup Competition at Aging 2.0</a>.   An Optimal Aging competition in Boston included several <a href="https://www.genewsroom.com/press-releases/good-company-challenge-announces-winners-2018-optimal-aging-challenge-284627">tech-enabled offerings as winners</a>. RideRite, a <a href="http://longevity.stanford.edu/stanford-center-longevity-design-challenge-winners-announced/">bicycle handlebar designed by Virginia Tech</a> students won a Stanford Longevity challenge.</p> <p><strong>Competition among Voice First tech giants were waged – did anyone win?  </strong><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/amazon-alexa-vs-google-assistant-emerges-key-tech-battle-ces-2018/">CES 2018 top competitor battle</a> was between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Spoiler alert, it was even <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets">more wacko at CES 2019</a>.  <a href="https://voicebot.ai/2018/11/15/amazon-moves-back-to-top-spot-for-q3-2018-smart-speaker-sales-canalys/">Market share numbers</a> were tossed around toward the end of 2018. Some thought was given to including Apple’s Siri, <a href="https://www.cnet.com/news/siri-vs-alexa-vs-google-assistant/">not an overachiever at that time</a>. And Sonos  (<a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/us/sonos-one,review-4762.html">Best Sound</a>) will likely appear in 2019 bakeoffs, along with the <a href="https://www.the-ambient.com/guides/bixby-voice-assistant-samsung-guide-336">distant but scrappy Bixby</a>.</p> <p><strong>The 10-year anniversary of the Market Overview of Technology for Aging in Place. </strong>This <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/market-overview-technology-older-adults">annually-updated report</a> will be reviewed during the next few weeks for what has changed; what no longer matters; and what firms, including startups, may matter over the next year to the older adult market segments.  If you have thoughts – please bring them forward about any new offerings in the categories of communication and engagement, home safety and security, health and wellness, learning and contribution, dementia care, home care, and caregiving apps. And if you think categories are missing or no longer matter, please speak up!</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/voice-firstaivoice-assistants">Voice First/AI/Voice Assistants</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/boomer-senior-tech-business">Boomer-Senior Tech Business</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/seniors">Seniors</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_8"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2F2019-what-technology-matters-older-adults&amp;title=2019%3A%20What%20Technology%20Matters%20for%20Older%20Adults"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/PLxMjHHpB5I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Wed, 30 Jan 2019 15:44:17 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2019-what-technology-matters-older-adults#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2019-what-technology-matters-older-adults 2019-01-30 15:44 +00:00 2019-01-30 08:44 -07:00 3990 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/ZPX3Fz0UfCU/technology-tool-tarnish-facebook-twitter-google-and-linkedin Technology Tool Tarnish – Facebook, Twitter, Google, and LinkedIn <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/social%20media%203.jfif" style="float:left; height:84px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:150px" />Facebook is the company we increasingly love to hate – but boomers still ‘like’ it</strong>. <strong>Rant on. </strong>So <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/democracy-post/wp/2018/11/15/its-time-to-start-regulating-facebook/?utm_term=.7963d65e5b12">much negative press</a>, well deserved, about Facebook lately, including the <a href="https://www.revealnews.org/article/facebook-knowingly-duped-game-playing-kids-and-their-parents-out-of-money/">lawsuit about knowingly duping children playing games</a>. Then there was <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/09/05/more-than-american-users-have-deleted-facebook-pew-survey-finds/?utm_term=.9c1ca14d74ea">the Pew Research</a> estimated number of <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/12/19/these-people-deleted-their-facebook-accounts-and-have-no-regrets/2365191002/">deleted accounts</a> (mostly young people) and no small deal, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/05/facebook-dangerous-monopoly-divest-instagram-whatsapp-messenger-column/1512215002/">a big security breach</a>.  Clearly this is a company with management issues – and someday will either fail (unlikely), <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/05/facebook-dangerous-monopoly-divest-instagram-whatsapp-messenger-column/1512215002/">be broken up</a>, or <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/31/17632858/facebook-regulation-mark-warner-policy-paper-congress">be regulated</a>, even in the US, which has for some unknown reason done nothing to date, unlike <a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/4/18/17249406/facebook-eu-gdpr-europe-data-privacy-rules">privacy actions taken in Europe</a>.   According to eMarketer, though, baby boomers are still big users – of the 76.4 million of them, <a href="https://www.emarketer.com/content/facebook-is-tops-with-everyone-but-teens">31.9 million are using Facebook</a>. Hopefully not trying to stay connected to teens – who are departing for other platforms <a href="https://www.pocket-lint.com/apps/news/snapchat/131313-what-is-snapchat-how-does-it-work-and-what-is-it-used-for">like Snapchat</a>, according to eMarketer, including Snapchat. On the positive side, Snapchat is not yet owned by Facebook – which will be <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/facebook-instagram-whatsapp-messenger.html">combining Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp into a single platform by 2020</a>.</p> <p><strong>Twitter – is it relevant in the older adult market segment?  </strong>Is it relevant at all? So aside from US political tweets, which dominate our attention, Twitter itself is hardly a fact of life for Americans, and certainly not for older adults (though they may see plenty of tweets displayed on newscasts).  According to this recent informative <a href="https://blog.hootsuite.com/twitter-statistics/">summary about Twitter</a>, 80% of its actual users are outside the United States; boomers and seniors are generally not interested, but heads of state are very interested (no kidding). And as all can see, political Tweets are reported minute by minute in the national TV broadcasts, so there’s no need to log on to see them. <a href="https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/11/study-it-only-takes-a-few-seconds-for-bots-to-spread-misinformation/">Bots are also good at tweeting</a> misinformation. Sigh. But here’s the head-scratcher – 75% percent of B2B businesses market on Twitter. One wonders – to whom? And do their customers see these Tweets? And how can a business viewer vet one tweet over another? Note the half-life of a tweet is 24 minutes.</p> <p><strong>Google – is it a verb or a monopoly – and what is ‘Truth'?  </strong>By now, you have seen a bit of controversy over ranking search results in favor of Google’s partners; questions about the <a href="https://phys.org/news/2019-01-eu-court-advisor-sides-google.html">right to be forgotten on Google</a> (<a href="https://smallbusiness.chron.com/remove-videos-youtube-someone-else-uploaded-79202.html">or getting a video off of YouTube</a>), or other privacy issues or <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/magazine/the-case-against-google.html">anti-competitive behavior</a>. To help you catch up, read about the antitrust complaint from<a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/20/17595612/google-antitrust-eu-duckduckgo-chrome"> DuckDuckGo</a>. But is there really an alternative to Google, now that it has become a verb?  Go Google that – or go the extra inch and create a shortcut to <a href="https://duckduckgo.com/?t=crhs">DuckDuckGo</a> or <a href="https://www.bing.com/">Microsoft Bing</a>. Take a look at a not-so-brief Wikipedia history of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Google">Google issues</a> or read through the angry perspective of <a href="https://www.vox.com/new-money/2017/7/3/15904730/jeremy-stoppelman-yelp-google">Yelp’s CEO Jeremy Stoppelman</a>.  It is intriguing that the term 'fake news' is associated with politics – even spawning <a href="https://slate.com/technology/2019/01/newsguard-nuzzelrank-media-ratings-fake-news.html">websites to rank news source credibility</a> and generating controversy about the choices. In fact, fake, overstated, or manipulated information is the lifeblood of the modern Internet. Forrester once said that the <a href="http://crab.rutgers.edu/~goertzel/economistnetbusiness.htm">Internet Changes Everything</a> (meaning that in an optimistic way) but today, it should be <strong>Absolutely </strong><strong>Anything Changes the Internet.  </strong>Optimism off<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>LinkedIn -- has it ruined the recruiting industry -- and given Microsoft too much control?  </strong>It certainly altered the task of finding qualified candidates -- they're on LinkedIn and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/recruitment-industry-die-2018-oleg-vishnepolsky">may be bombarded</a> with job possibilities/noise. Because internal recruiters are on LinkedIn (using its <a href="https://news.linkedin.com/2018/10/linkedin-talent-connect-2018">own recruiting platform</a>), because of more job openings than there are people to fill them, <a href="https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/242554">dependency on it has grown</a>.  And in reality, <a href="https://theundercoverrecruiter.com/linkedin-competitors/">does LinkedIn have any serious competitors?</a> Microsoft paid $26 billion for LinkedIn and then bought <a href="https://hbr.org/2018/06/why-microsoft-is-willing-to-pay-so-much-for-github">GitHub for $7.5 billion</a> -- have they cornered the market on <a href="https://www.tlnt.com/microsoft-now-owns-the-worlds-two-most-important-recruiting-platforms/">developer recruiting</a> and <a href="https://www.onmsft.com/news/with-acquisitions-like-github-and-linkedin-microsoft-looks-for-communities-where-were-a-better-owner-says-cfo-amy-hood">software innovation</a>?  And consider that LinkedIn (and Twitter!) lead in the <a href="https://www.betterteam.com/social-recruiting-tips">subject of social recruiting</a> (which is apparently also being done from Instagram!). </p> <p><strong>Some skepticism is in order.  </strong>We can always second-guess the so-called information served up to us on the Internet. But how many of us do? Who checks multiple sources or use multiple search engines?  We wait and watch the flap in the EU, hoping that some subset of newly created privacy protection will extend to us – not just a box you must check acknowledging that "This site uses cookies" inform you that it tracks what you have viewed. Sure, we are able to Clear Cookies on our web browsers, but how many of us do it?  Having to re-enter information is an inconvenience. We like the fact that browsers remember who we are and our last interaction.  <strong>Rant off.</strong></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/social-media">social media</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/computers-internet-and-social-networking">computers, internet and social networking</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_9"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Ftechnology-tool-tarnish-facebook-twitter-google-and-linkedin&amp;title=Technology%20Tool%20Tarnish%20%E2%80%93%20Facebook%2C%20Twitter%2C%20Google%2C%20and%20LinkedIn"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/ZPX3Fz0UfCU" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Mon, 28 Jan 2019 22:31:33 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/technology-tool-tarnish-facebook-twitter-google-and-linkedin#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/technology-tool-tarnish-facebook-twitter-google-and-linkedin 2019-01-28 22:31 +00:00 2019-01-28 15:31 -07:00 3986 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/-md391a1kd4/consider-aging-virtual-world Consider: Aging in a Virtual World <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/VR%20seniors.png" style="float:left; height:84px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Once upon a time, in a language far, far away…</strong>We used terms like <a href="https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/getting-started-long-distance-caregiving">long distance</a>, <a href="https://www.care.com/c/stories/5593/9-tips-for-coping-with-remote-caregiver-guilt/">remote</a>, and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telepresence">telepresence</a> to describe services and experiences that were taking place somewhere else. We were guided on how to cope with these remote processes where we were not present to manage or experience. And for the care recipients being managed, they were unable to communicate problems in their on-site, 'real' experience. Consider dementia care and the still-startling lack of cameras in these settings – <a href="https://seniorhousingnews.com/2016/03/23/granny-cam-laws-target-assisted-living/">despite family willingness to pay</a>. These limitations seem so yesterday.  Even a telepresence player like <a href="https://suitabletech.com/">Beam threw in the towel</a> and refers to the world it now navigates as ‘virtual.’   Let's take a longer look into this virtual world as it relates to care of older adults and consider such offerings as:</p> <ul><li><strong>Virtual caregiver nurse.  </strong>Last month a startup launched with $35 million of funding to create a <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/12/tech-startup-raises-35-million-plans-to-unveil-virtual-caregiver/">virtual caregiver nurse</a>, targeting the labor shortage in private duty care. But way back in 2013, you could find a <a href="https://www.iadvanceseniorcare.com/news-item/app-will-be-virtual-coach-ltc-caregivers">virtual coaching app</a> for long-term caregivers, <a href="https://www.npjournal.org/article/S1555-4155(14)00550-9/abstract">Virtual Healthcare Neighborhood for professionals in 2014</a>. Since then, the <a href="https://www.philips.com/a-w/about/news/archive/blogs/innovation-matters/the-virtual-nurse-is-here.html">concept of a virtual nurse</a> and a <a href="https://www.careangel.com/care-angel-virtual-health-assistant">virtual nurse caregiver assistant</a> emerged.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Virtual dementia tour. </strong>This is a training program developed by <a href="https://www.secondwind.org/virtual-dementia-tourreg.html?gclid=Cj0KCQiA4aXiBRCRARIsAMBZGz9eSWTZcZOU9zLIdQjfAKnoTKVzdcVEllzR_svDrlskHT0d41bMj1saAgbBEALw_wcB">Second Wind Dreams</a> that can help family and professional caregivers better understand what it is like to have dementia. It is now offered in <a href="https://www.silverado.com/features/virtual-dementia-tour/">senior living communities</a> for families of residents with Alzheimer’s, as well as in <a href="https://www.homeinstead.com/742/home-care-services/alzheimers-dementia-services/virtual-dementia-tour">home care</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Virtual reality for seniors. </strong>Made visible, so to speak, by two <a href="https://www.cbsnews.com/news/virtual-reality-rendever-mit-company-helps-seniors-physical-limitations-travel-world/">MIT graduate students</a>, it <a href="http://www.thehealthjournals.com/virtual-reality-for-seniors/">caught media attention</a>. Now there are <a href="http://www.agedcarevirtualreality.com/">training programs</a>, <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-vr-offerings-older-adults-and-patients-2017">VR initiatives for pain management</a>,<a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/ces-2019-aarp-trialing-virtual-reality-for-remote-healthcare/"> remote diagnostics</a>, and more VR headset vendors.   Most recently and perhaps not surprising, the VR buzz has faded<a href="https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jan/9/remember-virtual-reality-its-buzz-has-faded-at-ces/"> at CES 2019</a>.  And this technology is still <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/42gears-unveils-virtual-reality-vr-headset-device-management-860004133.html">device dependent</a>, but continues to <a href="https://arynews.tv/en/kids-a-leap-seniors-ces-2019/">gain some media interest as an engaging experience for seniors</a> as well as a new use in <a href="https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/vr-end-of-life-embodied-labs/">training caregivers</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Virtual senior living.  </strong>Attempting to bridge the gap between living at home and in a senior living community, CCRCs like <a href="https://www.iadvanceseniorcare.com/news-item/ccrc-launch-virtual-senior-living-membership-program">Life Enriching Communities</a> offer coordinated services for seniors still at home for a small fee -- these services are sometimes referred to as 'virtual' -- thinking back to the Evangelical Homes of Michigan, which pioneered the concept of <a href="https://ehmsolutions.org/service/lifechoices/">offering services</a> in the community outside the brick-and-mortar facilities. Also called <a href="https://www.seniorliving.org/retirement/virtual/">virtual retirement communities</a>, this concept also morphed into <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/29/your-money/retirees-turn-to-virtual-villages-for-mutual-support.html">virtual villages</a> and became the so-called village movement, now part of the <a href="https://www.vtvnetwork.org/">Village to Village Network</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Virtual senior center. </strong>The <a href="https://www.visionaware.org/blog/visually-impaired-now-what/senior-center-without-walls-opportunities-for-connection-and-community-from-your-home/12">Senior Center without Walls</a> was one of the early (2004) programs for seniors who could not leave their homes but could participate by telephone.  Today the Dorot University without Walls offers a <a href="http://www.dorotusa.org/site/DocServer/UWW_Spring_Summer_2019.pdf">10-page catalog of courses</a> and the <a href="http://careers.jobvite.com/esc/Spring-2018-Catalog.pdf">Senior Center without Walls program spans 38 states</a>. The <a href="http://vscm.selfhelp.net/">Virtual Senior Center</a> (or VSC) was started in New York in 2010 when <a href="https://news.microsoft.com/2010/03/10/virtual-senior-center-enhances-lives-of-homebound-seniors/">Selfhelp and Microsoft</a> introduced video technology for homebound seniors to meet online with other seniors and participate in tech-enabled activities. The program was piloted in San Diego and Chicago, and studied for its positive impact by <a href="https://leadingage.org/case-studies/evaluating-selfhelp-virtual-senior-center">LeadingAge CAST</a>. </li> </ul><p> </p> <p>[NOTE: If you are reading this in email, please read it on the website: <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a>]</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/vrar-technology">VR/AR technology</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/seniors">Seniors</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/family-caregivers">Family caregivers</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/home-care">Home Care</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/home-health-care">home health care</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/senior-living">senior living</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_10"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fconsider-aging-virtual-world&amp;title=Consider%3A%20Aging%20in%20a%20Virtual%20World"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/-md391a1kd4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:24:20 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/consider-aging-virtual-world#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/consider-aging-virtual-world 2019-01-24 16:24 +00:00 2019-01-24 09:24 -07:00 3981 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/UdUxg-P_gUA/ten-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets Ten More Technology Offerings from CES 2019 -- Beyond Gadgets <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/CES%202019-2.jfif" style="float:left; height:80px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />CES 2019 – Gone but certainly not forgotten. </strong>Multiple blog posts and articles have surfaced since <a href="https://www.ces.tech/About-CES.aspx">CES 2019</a> – including some offerings that should be recapped here. No doubt they would have been viewed in person with more time and better tennis shoes at the Sands Convention Center. There was ANOTHER convention center (LVCC) and various hotel events that remained sight unseen. The important insight about CES is that while some offerings were played in a previous year, the networking opportunity for innovators was too good to miss and so many returned.  Here are ten more, in alphabetical order:</p> <!--break--><p><strong><a href="https://electroniccaregiver.com/products/addison-care/">Addison Virtual Caregiver</a></strong>. "She’s a state of the art, 3D animated caregiver designed to engage aging and chronically ill clients throughout the home to supplement their care and to provide various health and safety features. Appearing on 15-inch monitors strategically placed throughout the residence, she carries on two-way conversations, and is programmable for a user’s personal needs and plans of care.  Addison monitors your activity, reminds you to take medications and verifies adherence and provides real-time assessments if a client develops evidence of increased risk of falling or health decline. She measures health performance, rewards her users for making progress, collects vitals and conducts in-home examinations." Learn more at <strong><a href="https://electroniccaregiver.com/">Electronic Caregiver</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.alma.care/#about">Alma Home</a></strong>. "By monitoring and analyzing your health 24/7 we can provide you with actionable insights and give you alerts to tackle problems before they even appear.While there are plenty of solutions that detect falls, there are few solutions that really prevent falls. We change this by monitoring the fall risk of elderly continuously through our solution ALMA Home. When the fall risk is too high, we take the necessary actions. This way, falls and hospitalizations are avoided."  Learn more at <a href="https://www.alma.care/#about">Alma.Care</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.flintrehab.com/product/fitmi/">Flint Rehab’s FitMi</a>. </strong>"A home therapy tool designed to help you retrain your brain. FitMi was designed specifically to help people with a neurologic injury improve their strength and dexterity. FitMi contains two wireless pucks and a therapy app that picks exercises for you tailored to your stage of recovery. As you improve, the FitMi exercises and difficulty levels increase to optimize your recovery." Learn more at<strong> <a href="https://www.flintrehab.com/product/fitmi/">Flint Rehab</a></strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.oticon.com/solutions/opn-wireless-connectivity">Oticon Opn</a>. Hearing aids are undergoing a <a href="https://hearstore.com/hearing-aid-prices/">disruption in price</a>, <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/now-hear-hearing-related-technology-older-adults-and-caregivers">self-service purchasing</a>, and programmability. “Today we are more connected electronically than ever before. Friends, family, and business colleagues all expect to be able to reach us in seconds. Oticon Opn hearing aids with Bluetooth capability are Made for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, allowing you to stream audio directly into your hearing aids.  With Oticon Opn hearing aids, you experience clear, high quality sound, free from unwanted noise." Learn more at <a href="https://www.oticon.com/solutions/opn-wireless-connectivity">Oticon</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.rideroundtrip.com/">RoundTrip</a>.  </strong>"Expand access to care through transportation. Care coordinators can book as many rides as they need for their patients. Rides can be booked on-demand or schedule weeks or months in advance. RoundTrip schedules, dispatches, and monitors non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) for organizations coast to coast. A few partners include Mount Sinai Health System, Cooper University Health System, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper, and Baptist Memorial."  Learn more at <a href="https://www.rideroundtrip.com/">RoundTrip</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://medipense.com/en/rxpense/">RxPense.</a> </strong>"RxPense<sup>®</sup> is a personal medication dispensing and remote monitoring solution that ensures seniors, chronic care patients and disabled veterans at home (or elsewhere), take the correct medications on time and notifies caregivers, or pharmacists, psychiatrists, clinicians and physicians, if they miss a dose. It also accurately records and documents the consumption of PRN “as-needed” and OTC medications. It can also capture (though external sensors), monitor and store vitals along with the electronic patient record. It gives users access to digital health care and tele-medicine." Learn more at <a href="https://medipense.com/en/rxpense/">MediPense</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://store.walabot.com/home/walabot-home.html">Walabot HOME.</a> </strong>"Welcome to peace-of-mind, with automatic fall detection, for your bathroom. Simply place Walabot HOME on your bathroom wall. If you fall, your emergency contact will be called – and you can speak with them directly through the device, to get the help you need. Just set it and forget it. Automatically monitors for falls, no bracelet or pendant to put on, no uncomfortable device to lug around, completely private with no camera." Learn more at <a href="https://store.walabot.com/home/walabot-home.html">Walabot HOME</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.withings.com/us/en/move-ecg">Withings Move ECG. </a>  </strong>"Withings Move ECG is an advanced activity tracker housed in a classic watch designed for simplicity: it has no screen but shows your activity directly on the dial with its third hand.  It’s an analog watch that can also measure electrocardiograms, and it is currently pending FDA clearance." more at <a href="https://www.withings.com/us/en/move-ecg">Withings</a>.</p> <p> <strong><a href="https://zvox.com/products/voicebud-vb20-hearing-amplifier-with-accuvoice-technology-champagne-left">ZVOX VoiceBuds. </a></strong>"VoiceBuds® use the latest digital technology to make speech more clear. Our dual microphone system is designed to minimize background sounds – while boosting the <em><strong>voices</strong></em> you want to hear. And the smartphone app makes it easy to make adjustments -- VoiceBuds are small and comfortable.” Learn more at <a href="https://zvox.com/products/voicebud-vb20-hearing-amplifier-with-accuvoice-technology-champagne-left">ZVOX</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://kardian.com/">Xandar Kardian.</a> </strong>"Non-Contact Vital Sign monitoring PERS solution with Alexa voice and gesture control. No wearables. No pressure pads. No cameras. The only fall detection and alert system that provides 99% miss detection free and 96% false alarm free performance without the headaches of privacy issues." Learn more at <a href="http://kardian.com/">Kardian.com</a>.</p> <p>[NOTE: If you are reading this in email, please read it on the website: <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/"><strong>Aging in Place Technology Watch</strong></a>]</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/hearing-loss">hearing loss</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/vehicletransportation-technology-services">vehicle/transportation technology-services</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/digital-health">digital health</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/fall-prevention-fall-detection">fall prevention, fall detection</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_11"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Ften-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets&amp;title=Ten%20More%20Technology%20Offerings%20from%20CES%202019%20--%20Beyond%20Gadgets"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/UdUxg-P_gUA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:55:21 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets 2019-01-17 21:55 +00:00 2019-01-17 14:55 -07:00 3972 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/Tn9hJ6OMHGA/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets Ten Technology Offerings From CES 2019 - Beyond Gadgets <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/CES%202019.jfif" style="float:left; height:80px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Bright Lights, thick smoke, constant walking and avoidance maneuvers.  </strong>After taking a year or two off, returning to CES is a chore and a revelation – it clearly is the major event for new technology announcements. Gadgets, yes, too many smart wearables, including underwear, too many near misses of being run over by gangs of oblivious young guys staring at their phones. If there was a key trend in all of this racket, Sleep has become a tech obsession, the uptake of Digital Health is almost here, new variants of companions and assistants were pervasive, including <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/7/18169939/google-assistant-billion-devices-feature-phones-ces-2019">Google Assistant inside everything</a> and Amazon voice <a href="https://www.slashgear.com/amazon-confirms-alexa-device-sales-numbers-and-its-a-lot-05560097/amp/">devices everywhere</a>.</p> <p><strong>Self-service increasingly matters in unexpected health categories.</strong> As with nearly every ‘service’, we want to serve ourselves, no matter what. One day soon, onset of a stroke can be detected (<a href="https://www.celloscope.com/">Celloscope</a>) when your smartphone watches your face droop as you read your email. A robotics company, Intuition Robotics, launches its cognitive AI <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/intuition-robotics-opens-elliq-for-pre-order-launches-new-digital-companion-product-and-announces-its-first-automotive-customer-300774508.html">Q’</a> for 3<sup>rd</sup> party companies to use as a digital companion agent, for example, in a car. In subsequent posts, others will be noted from the exhibit hall books, but for now, here are 10 other new companies/new offerings in alphabetical order from CES 2019 with content from their own press releases/sites:</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.carepredict.com/news/carepredict-launches-ai-powered-platform-for-seniors-aging-at-home-at-ces-2019/">CarePredict Home</a>. </strong>"CarePredict, the leading digital health company that provides preventive healthcare solution for senior adults announced today the launch of their direct-to-consumer product, CarePredict Home, at CES 2019, the world’s largest consumer technology show. CarePredict was the first-to-market to use machine learning, smart wearables, and unique kinematics to quantify daily activities performed by older adults and predict health conditions including increased fall risks, depression and urinary tract infections (UTIs.) After proven success in several senior living communities across North America and Japan, CarePredict will drive their technology’s use for in-home senior care."  Learn more at <a href="https://www.carepredict.com/news/carepredict-launches-ai-powered-platform-for-seniors-aging-at-home-at-ces-2019/">Care Predict</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://blog.essence-grp.com/essence-launch-umbrella-safety-solution-ces-augment-line-senior-care-solutions/">Essence Umbrella and Care@Home Communicator</a>. </strong>"Essence, the leader in IoT-enabled connected-living technologies, announces the release of <strong>Essence Umbrella</strong>, a two-way, voice-communication personal emergency response system (PERS) designed to help organizations, schools, and universities keep staff and students safe. The <a href="mailto:Care@Home">Care@Home</a> Communicator leverages voice recognition technology to give seniors access to emergency response by using the most seamless interface of all – their voices – from anywhere in the home. It’s supplemented by the emergency pendant advanced (EPA) fall detector for use both in the home or on-the-go, which automatically notifies emergency personnel in the case of a fall, opening a two-way communications channel directly with a trained EMT.” Learn more at <a href="https://blog.essence-grp.com/essence-launch-umbrella-safety-solution-ces-augment-line-senior-care-solutions/">Essence</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.eyeque.com/newsdetail/introducing-eyeque-pdcheck-the-most-accurate-way-to-capture-your-pupillary-distance-a-critical-measure-for-ordering-eyeglasses-online/">EyeQue Vision Tracker</a>. </strong>“<u><a href="https://www.eyeque.com/">EyeQue</a>®,</u> the leader in smartphone at-home vision tests, today announced the <u><a href="https://www.eyeque.com/pdcheck/">EyeQue PDCheck™</a> </u>– a fast, convenient, and highly accurate method for measuring your pupillary distance (PD), a number critical in obtaining great-fitting eyeglasses, yet often not included in an eyeglass prescription. PDCheck uses a patented method, combining a unique set of eyeglass frames and a smartphone app to capture PD instantly. The EyeQue VisionCheck is the world’s first automated optical refraction device built for consumers to measure and track their refractive error and order eyeglasses with the results.”  Learn more at <a href="https://www.eyeque.com/newsdetail/introducing-eyeque-pdcheck-the-most-accurate-way-to-capture-your-pupillary-distance-a-critical-measure-for-ordering-eyeglasses-online/">EyeQue</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.leeo.com/">Leeo Ping</a>. </strong>“Leeo Ping is a sensor enabled service that helps reduce the challenges of independent living, at home or in a community. Ping enables family, close friends and caregivers to create a private mutual aid network, a trusted circle. With the Leeo Ping service and Leeo Smart Alert platform, you and your trusted circle are safer and more connected. It’s easy for all ages to create a trusted circle to watch out for each other. “The Leeo Ping trusted circle provides at-a-glance traffic light status of you and your loved ones whether at home or away”, said Johnson Agogbua, Leeo CEO. “Combined with Leeo Smart Alert nightlight, you and those you care about can be safer and more connected.” Learn more at <a href="https://www.leeo.com/">Leeo</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.nuheara.com/nuheara-unveils-ground-breaking-iqbuds-max-ces-2019/">Nuheara.</a> </strong>"Nuheara is transforming the way people hear by creating game-changing hearing solutions that are accessible and affordable; the firm is pleased to announce the launch of IQbuds MAX™, a ground-breaking premium hearing product. IQbuds MAX™ will become the flagship product of the innovative IQbuds™ range. Building on all the features currently available with IQbuds BOOST™, IQbuds MAX™ has triple the hearing capability (utilizing three microphones on each ear), five times the processing power and a world first Hybrid Active Noise Cancelation system." Learn more at <a href="https://www.nuheara.com/nuheara-unveils-ground-breaking-iqbuds-max-ces-2019/">Nuheara</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://numera.com/">Numera</a>. </strong>"Numera PERS-4200X console together with compatible PERS wearables and home sensors form the Numera Home Safety Hub suite of products combines information from sensing devices like CO and smoke detectors, motion detectors, and window-door sensors with alerts from wearable personal emergency response devices in a single PERS (Personal Emergency Response Solution) console for seniors or others needing support while living alone." Learn more at <a href="http://numera.com/">Numera</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://ohmnilabs.com/">Ohmni Labs.</a> "</strong>Ohmni is a fresh approach to telepresence that’s designed specifically for homes and families. Ohmni makes it natural and effortless to join in and share experiences like cooking with mom, family dinner, movie night or game day with dad -- across any distance. The team at OhmniLabs studied families around the world and found that these "shared experiences" were what people missed most since standard video chat was too cumbersome to enable these richer interactions.” Learn more at <a href="https://ohmnilabs.com/">Ohmni Labs</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.philips.com/a-w/about/news/archive/standard/news/press/2019/20190107-philips-cares-digitizes-the-aging-and-caregiving-experience.html">Philips Cares</a>.  "</strong>Philips launched <a href="http://www.philips.com/cares" target="_blank">Philips Cares</a> in the U.S. to help family caregivers be there for their aging loved ones, easing and enriching their aging journey by leveraging digital technology. Whether caring for a loved one or for themselves, Philips Cares Aging &amp; Caregiving service is a digital experience that enables people to easily form and activate a care circle of trusted family and friends, access meaningful insights into their loved one’s wellbeing and receive notifications about care.  Now through the care circle, caregivers can stay informed and connected through the Philips Cares digital experience. Learn more at <a href="https://www.philips.com/a-w/about/news/archive/standard/news/press/2019/20190107-philips-cares-digitizes-the-aging-and-caregiving-experience.html">Philips</a>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078W52ZGN?ref=dp_vse_pc0">Welt Wellness Belt</a>. "</strong>Powered by Samsung, Samsung's smart belt looks indistinguishable from a standard belt, but contains an array of sensors packed into the back of its buckle and a micro USB port for charging on its side. Measures the time of sitting relative to the total wearing time. Acceleration sensors inside the buckle pass a dedicated algorithm, which estimates the sitting time by measuring the inactivity time every 30 minutes. WELT's unbelievable battery life allows you to stay in style without having to charge constantly. Charged through a micro USB port, one full charge lasts for more than 45 days (varies by usage). Intuitively organized into one screen, there is no need to stress your brain over raw data that isn’t meaningful. WELT does the analysis for you and provides health insights and warnings so you can focus on staying active. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078W52ZGN?ref=dp_vse_pc0">Learn more at Amazon.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.widex.com/en-us">Widex Battery Free Hearing Aids.</a> "</strong>WIDEX EVOKE featuring WIDEX ENERGY CELL technology will debut at CES as the world’s first battery-free* hearing aid. Available the summer of 2019, this new technology is built on the revolutionary WIDEX EVOKE platform to provide superior sound quality, while liberating users by leveraging the benefits of WIDEX ENERGY CELL technology. “With WIDEX EVOKE featuring WIDEX ENERGY CELL technology, the world will finally get to see its first hearing aid powered by fuel cell technology,” said Jeff Geigel, President, Widex USA. “Most hearing aids today use batteries or battery chargers connected to power outlets. Our new hearing aid will require neither. This is exciting new technology that will be hassle free for the user while providing superior sound quality and app control that makes the hearing aid easy to manage in any setting.”  Learn more at <a href="https://www.widex.com/en-us">Widex.</a></p> <p>[NOTE: If you are reading this in email, read it on the website: <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a>]</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/hearing-loss">hearing loss</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/vision-and-vision-technology">vision and vision technology</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/ces-2019">CES 2019</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/pers">PERS</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/mobile-pers">Mobile PERS</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/family-caregivers">Family caregivers</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_12"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Ften-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets&amp;title=Ten%20Technology%20Offerings%20From%20CES%202019%20-%20Beyond%20Gadgets"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/Tn9hJ6OMHGA" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 18:28:35 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019-beyond-gadgets 2019-01-10 18:28 +00:00 2019-01-10 11:28 -07:00 3965 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/qpsGXax0OE8/2018-2019-look-back-and-ahead-tech-buzz-hope-and-hype 2018-2019 look back and ahead at tech buzz, hope, and hype <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/2018-2019_1.jfif" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:90px" />Who can resist reflection when a year ends and 2019 begins? </strong>So much racket, so much of it driven by writers desperate for something to write about – and we’re not talking about the news. Lots of negative tech energy in 2018, including <a href="https://healthitsecurity.com/news/4.4m-records-exposed-in-117-health-data-breaches-in-q3-2018">healthcare data breaches</a>, <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/how-much-trust-can-facebook-afford-to-lose">Facebook’s loss of trust</a>, <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/kateoflahertyuk/2018/10/10/this-is-why-people-no-longer-trust-google-and-facebook-with-their-data/#4e00cce14b09">ditto with Google</a> and its <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/18/17587620/google-european-commission-billion-fine-microsoft-antitrust">much discussed</a> anti-competitive <a href="https://www.libertyheadlines.com/hatch-ftc-google/">positioning in search</a>. The visibility of Facebook management issues and Google <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/20/17595612/google-antitrust-eu-duckduckgo-chrome">competitive quagmire</a> may actually be good for consumers.  So what was interesting in 2018 that was great news, possibly intriguing or just plain worth noting prior to <a href="https://www.ces.tech/">CES 2019</a>, which will present a cornucopia (or maybe just a plethora) of new tech and tech news? [Warning, more blog posts about CES next week while there].  A few topics that stood out:</p> <ul><li><strong>We can hear voice tech with all devices and for all people – especially for seniors. </strong>True, we are at the beginning of an adoption curve (hype cycle).  Remember <a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/">Bladerunner</a> in 1982 – the film demonstrated big innovations that we can now take for granted – electronic billboards, sigh.  But also talking to our <a href="https://voicebot.ai/google-home-google-assistant-stats/">devices, cars, headphones, and TVs</a> – useful and even appealing and of surprising (and delightful) <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/future-voice-first-technology-and-older-adults-2018">benefit for older adults</a>. On the cusp of CES, remember last year’s <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/amazon-alexa-vs-google-assistant-emerges-key-tech-battle-ces-2018/">Google Assistant-Amazon bakeoff</a>, with 56 million smart speakers expected to ship in 2018.  Well, maybe <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkoetsier/2018/05/29/smart-speaker-users-growing-48-annually-will-outnumber-wearable-tech-users-this-year/#40dad7bd5dde">make that 90 million</a>.  A new number will emerge soon – likely higher, given that many people buy more than one of the low-priced Dots or Minis.  Is the experience perfect? <a href="https://bgr.com/2018/05/25/amazon-alexa-recording-private-conversation/">Not exactly</a>.  We aren’t <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/business/alexa-does-not-understand-your-accent/?utm_term=.6fcc033b749f">always understood</a>, the <a href="https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/google-assistant-langauge-glitch/">software may have bugs</a>, or the <a href="https://9to5mac.com/2018/07/25/siri-smarter/">answer may not be correct</a>.   But as that Voicebot.ai post notes, 2018 really was Phase One.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Hearing technology got an upgrade and a lower price.  </strong>2018 was a big year for <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/now-hear-hearing-related-technology-older-adults-and-caregivers">disruption in the hearing technology sector</a> following a big change in regulatory terminology at the FDA and a win for consumers who may prefer self-service hearing tests, self-fitting of lower priced hearing aids, and self-service adjustments.  More to come in 2019, including changes in state regulations and seniors with hearing loss AND smartphones can benefit from making adjustments through the phone itself, including smartphone ringer heard with the worn hearing aids. Hearables have brought amplification to headphones and new types of earbuds. Expect to see much <a href="https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm622692.htm">more about this from the FDA</a> – and for older adults to hear better at a lower, self-service purchase price.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>The buzz about self-driving cars has faded since early 2018.  </strong><a href="https://www.google.com/search?lei=44MqXOC8FK21gge0yqawCg&amp;q=self%20driving%20cars%20for%20elderly%20and%20disabled&amp;ved=2ahUKEwis3v7X-8rfAhWNUt8KHSC5DGIQsKwBKAV6BAgAEAY&amp;biw=1536&amp;bih=654">Go ahead and search</a> – maybe in 2019, it will start it up again, honing the focus on seniors, now that the closed community of <a href="https://thehustle.co/florida-retirement-home-self-driving-cars/">The Villages in Florida is doing a trial</a>. Though perhaps others may be warned by new research. Self-driving cars faced with the moral quandary of who to <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/mit-reveals-who-self-driving-cars-should-kill-the-cat-the-elderly-or-the-baby/">hit may select the elderly</a> over pets or children. But pending the next accident, the Senate in 2019 will pass a bill to, uh, speed testing up. Yet will people get into this media-hyped, Google-not-so-trusted these-days experiment and <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-selfdriving-usa-poll/most-americans-wary-of-self-driving-cars-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1FI034">ride around without a driver or a backup driver</a>?  How about in snow and ice?  And sleet, freezing rain, hail, drifts, whiteouts?  Shall we sum that as a normal winter?  <a href="https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/technology/autonomous-cars-still-on-thin-ice-for-winter-driving/article37454281/">Color the Canadians skeptical</a>. </li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Virtual becomes a buzzword and MAY be transformative for seniors.  </strong>The word ‘Virtual’ has been around for <a href="https://www.techopedia.com/definition/4805/virtual-machine-vm">decades in the tech industry</a>. <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_reality_headset">Virtual reality games used special glasses</a>. Then in <a href="https://www.wired.com/2014/05/oculus-rift-4/">2010 along came</a> better glasses and hype overdrive following 2018 CES. Some great experiments were run that could help older adults following the 2017 news about <a href="https://www.mcknightsseniorliving.com/home/news/virtual-reality-system-for-assisted-living-memory-care-wins-prize/">Rendever and senior living testing</a>. Then <a href="https://www.brookdale.com/en/brookdale-life/blogs/2018/10/virtual-reality-shaping-new-future-for-seniors.html">Brookdale published an article in October 2018</a> -- but are they really rolling them out? Or just trying to look cool?  What about <a href="https://www.mcknights.com/news/products/free-vr-dementia-course-geared-to-boost-empathy/">this McKnight’s article</a> about a VR course? And browse a <a href="https://duckduckgo.com/?q=virtual+reality+in+senior+living&amp;atb=v135-7__&amp;ia=web">long list of articles</a>, including VR in <a href="https://insights.samsung.com/2018/03/13/virtual-reality-delivers-real-world-benefits-to-dementia-patients/">dementia care</a>. As with all tech, this may be approaching the Gartner <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle">hype cycle</a> 'peak of inflated expectations.' Coverage is light on deployment, and questions remain if this really takes off in senior living in 2019. Consider issues like management of devices from resellers, administration of inventory in senior living, training of staff, step-by-step guide for what works, replacement cycles or charges to residence.  For starters.</li> </ul><p>[NOTE TO READERS:  If you receive this blog in an email, please click to see the full post on <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> website where if you like, you can comment. Thanks.]</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/voice-firstaivoice-assistants">Voice First/AI/Voice Assistants</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/hearing-loss">hearing loss</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/dementia-care-cognitive-decline">dementia care, cognitive decline</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/vrar-technology">VR/AR technology</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/vehicletransportation-technology-services">vehicle/transportation technology-services</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_13"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2F2018-2019-look-back-and-ahead-tech-buzz-hope-and-hype&amp;title=2018-2019%20look%20back%20and%20ahead%20at%20tech%20buzz%2C%20hope%2C%20and%20hype"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/qpsGXax0OE8" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tue, 01 Jan 2019 15:24:59 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-2019-look-back-and-ahead-tech-buzz-hope-and-hype#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-2019-look-back-and-ahead-tech-buzz-hope-and-hype 2019-01-01 15:24 +00:00 2019-01-01 08:24 -07:00 3963 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/SZIcj99YDaI/real-seniors-lack-essential-technology-consider-older-americans-technology-act-2019 Real Seniors lack essential technology – Consider an Older Americans Technology Act in 2019 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/tech%20chaos.jpg" style="float:left; height:80px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:130px" />When Pew stops tracking senior adoption, does that imply a market saturated?  </strong>Note this Fact Tank aggregation of technology adoption statistics (tech overall among seniors, <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/17/tech-adoption-climbs-among-older-adults/">last reported in 2016</a>) – and the most recent data cited on Internet use, seniors were quoted in a 2016 survey, 44% of responders did not use the internet. Of those that do, older adults aged 65+ said they had little to no confidence in their ability to use electronic devices to perform online tasks.  Let’s think about their non-confidence (not broken down into the 65-74) and the 75+ <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/who-knows-technology-adoption-real-seniors-aged-75">who are the Real Seniors</a>. </p> <p><strong>Does that fear imply lack of training?</strong> Or too much media reporting about scams, breaches, and <a href="https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/12-signs-your-identity-might-have-been-stolen/">identity theft</a> – most of which is difficult to detect and nearly impossible to prevent? Who knows, since Pew appears to be largely done – after all, they note, 89% of Americans are online and they do not survey all questions each time. <a href="https://www.aarp.org/research/topics/technology/info-2018/technology-use-attitudes.html">AARP published</a> a survey last year that included responders in their 70s -- we stay tuned for the next update.</p> <p><strong>Are those who should care about this not doing enough? </strong>Here are questions to ponder moving into 2019 for those whose <strong>job, business, policy role, </strong>or<strong> non-profit</strong> organizational mission is to help seniors go online (you know who you are) to craft an <strong>Older Americans Technology Act:</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>For seniors, why is there a problem with non-use?  </strong>Note the research from Michigan State <a href="https://www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-2018/technology-training-for-older-adults.html">cited in an AARP article</a>: "Greater technology use was associated with better self-rated health, fewer chronic conditions, higher subjective well-being and lower depression." The study also found that technology use reduced feelings of loneliness. And let’s not forget how many services can be discovered and accessed online, including scheduled food delivery, transportation requests, buying tickets and signing up for local events. And have we mentioned<a href="https://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-07-2013/seniors-guide-online-banking.html"> online banking</a>, <a href="https://www.ssa.gov/onlineservices/">accessing Social Security information</a>, <a href="https://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/planning/plan_gifts.htm">buying savings bonds</a> – oh, and then there's healthcare access, including finding a doctor or <a href="https://mhealthintelligence.com/features/using-telehealth-mhealth-technology-to-help-seniors-age-in-place">benefiting from telehealth</a> services? </li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Are there still senior centers or organizations that do not have high speed internet?   </strong>You know where they are – maybe they haven’t figured out the right source of grants, like, for example, <a href="https://www.giaging.org/about/">Grantmakers in Aging</a>? Senior centers are partially funded by the Older Americans Act – which also provides Meals on Wheels. But there is nothing in the Act (beyond partial funding of senior centers) that specifies professionally delivered training of seniors on technology use or supporting seniors in their usage.  This is a policy change and it's high time that the policy was changed.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Why isn’t technology training of seniors required to be delivered by professionals?  </strong>Is it because it is viewed as non-essential because it is 'free'?  The <a href="https://fitsmallbusiness.com/geek-squad-prices/">Geek Squad isn’t free</a>, so why is there no magnanimous donor group focused on helping seniors who could fund a regular visit of several Geek hours to a library, senior center or other community center who could help individual older adults during designated hours with their devices? AARP pays for training it offers in <a href="https://states.aarp.org/aarp-tek-workshops-free-hands-on-workshops-to-help-you-get-the-most-out-of-your-smartphone/">its regional workshops</a>, which is free to participants.  Presumably organizations like OATS, <a href="https://seniorplanet.org/the-center/">expanding outside of NYC</a> (but still reaching a small percentage of seniors), must use grants to pay trainers to do the offered training, which is free to attendees. This should be the standard of caring about seniors -- offer professional trainers combined with free training.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>But you ask, why isn’t 'volunteer' training good enough? </strong>Because at today's pace of technology change, it can't be. Read the list of Geek Squad services again.  Or look at another nationwide competitor, <a href="https://www.hellotech.com/geek-squad-isnt-best">HelloTech</a> (ads bash Geek Squad) or <a href="https://www.bask.com/tech-support">Bask</a> or many paid services in various geographies. You hopefully get what you pay for. Free training may be well-intentioned – and it is appropriate in stores of carriers who provide the connectivity. But it is very expensive to stay current with the myriad of always-shipping new devices and OS variations and upgrades, required to keep a device secure. Add the difficulty (and costs) of getting an operational router, high speed internet printing from multiple devices, streaming from devices. </li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Smart phones for seniors: why can’t every Real Senior (age 75+) have one? </strong>And no, it’s not to read dumb text messages heads down and fall into a manhole – nor is it about the social media company that cannot be named. Smartphones are <a href="https://nuvera.net/10-ways-smartphones-make-life-easy/">useful in so many ways</a> that without one, day-to-day life and flexibility are circumscribed.  GPS turn-by-turn directions, research about what’s nearby when traveling, renting a car, checking reviews before eating in a restaurant or checking into a hotel, for starters.  And that doesn’t count emergency advice from WebMD or Mayo Clinic.  So that brings me to:</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Why isn’t there a senior discount to get a smartphone?  </strong>No, I am not talking about the <a href="https://www.sprint.com/en/shop/plans/55-unlimited">cell phone plans</a>.  Senior discounts <a href="https://dealhack.com/blog/senior-discounts-guide#retail">are offered in at least 180 categories</a> of services and products today, including cell phone plans. But what about a 50% discount on an iPhone or Galaxy S9 – to get them into the 21<sup>st</sup> century with their grandchildren, assuming that other infrastructure is available to help them (in-store training, upgrade assistance, and on and on.) </li> </ul><ul><li> <strong>When will everyone have a voice-activated TV remote?  </strong>Voice-activation and control <a href="https://www.bestbuy.com/site/shop/universal-remote-with-voice-recognition">will surely be standard</a> for smart TVs, but sites that <a href="https://gift-ideas.firststreetonline.com/search?w=TV%20remote%20control">cater to seniors aren’t sources</a> for finding them.  Nor is there any apparent interest in re-engineering older remotes to support voice input. Why not?</li> </ul><p><strong>Baby boomers cross 73 in 2019, becoming Real Seniors in 2 years.  </strong>They will likely live, on average,<a href="https://www.ssa.gov/planners/lifeexpectancy.html"> another 10-15 years</a> or more.  For the next 18 years, the growth in the number of Real Seniors will continue.  Shortages of <a href="https://homehealthcarenews.com/2018/05/where-the-home-health-aide-shortage-will-hit-hardest-by-2025/">in-home care workers are worsening</a>, new, hopefully tech-enhanced services are already forming. Senior living firms, meanwhile, are <a href="https://www.seniorhousingforum.net/blog/2018/1/30/do-not-be-fooled-thinking-demographics-will-solve-all-occupancy-problems">over-expanding</a> to accommodate them, hopefully in communities with high speed internet and WiFi access everywhere. For all of the Real Seniors to be, now’s the time to tech-enable their future, don’t you think? Let’s not keep having this conversation for the next 18 years.</p> <p>[NOTE TO READERS:  If you receive this blog in an email, please click to see the full post on <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> website where if you like, you can comment. Thanks.]</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-2 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-inline clearfix"><div class="field-label">category tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/category/category-tags/seniors">Seniors</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/seniors-and-aging-policy">seniors and aging policy</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/computers-internet-and-social-networking">computers, internet and social networking</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/cell-phones-smartphones">cell phones, smartphones</a></div></div></div><ul class="links inline"><li class="addtoany first last"><span><span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 a2a_target addtoany_list" id="da2a_14"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Freal-seniors-lack-essential-technology-consider-older-americans-technology-act-2019&amp;title=Real%20Seniors%20lack%20essential%20technology%20%E2%80%93%20Consider%20an%20Older%20Americans%20Technology%20Act%20in%202019"><img src="/sites/all/modules/addtoany/images/share_save_171_16.png" width="171" height="16" alt="Share this"/></a> </span> </span></li> </ul><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~4/SZIcj99YDaI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Fri, 28 Dec 2018 18:27:28 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/real-seniors-lack-essential-technology-consider-older-americans-technology-act-2019#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/real-seniors-lack-essential-technology-consider-older-americans-technology-act-2019 2018-12-28 18:27 +00:00 2018-12-28 11:27 -07:00 3962 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/WTnGGoVTAGw/phishing-smishing-scam-all-seasons From Phishing to Smishing -- a scam for all seasons <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p><strong><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/smishing.png" style="float:left; height:100px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Scammers are creative – each cell phone number is a 'smishing' opportunity.  </strong> It's the holidays, when scammers want to wish you the best of everything. How about a text message with a picture of the sender, someone you know, pitching a fund-raising and time-limited opportunity – in a category the recipient knows well.  Except that it is fake, finding the phone number because it is widely distributed. And as an added bonus, the sender extracts the picture from now-accessible contacts (easily scraped from LinkedIn, press releases, Gmail messages, etc.).  Scammers seize the opportunity and send you a very believable text message.</p> <!--break--><p><strong>Après the hoax, naturally, the deluge of advice.</strong> Naturally, there is new advice on avoiding scams via text messages on cell phones (charmingly called Smishing). <a href="https://www.inc.com/joseph-steinberg/do-not-answer-text-messages-of-this-type-it-may-.html">Inc. offers up some advice</a>, and a <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2017/07/03/delete-suspicious-text-messages-on-your-smartphone/439647001/">USA Today article</a> offers some even more ad-ridden and insightful advice :"you’re sharing your phone number too frequently." But <a href="https://www.textrequest.com/blog/how-many-people-still-use-landline-phone/">53.9% of Americans are wireless-only homes.</a> What other number are people going to share? For the rightfully suspicious, check out <a href="https://www.hoax-slayer.net/watch-account-disabled-text-messages-pretending-bank/">Hoax-Slayer</a> (!) advice to work harder to verify the identity of the sender. Alas, here are previous blog posts about scams, which we might think of as the ultimate in "<a href="https://www.lead-innovation.com/english-blog/peak-innovation">pea</a><strong><a href="https://www.lead-innovation.com/english-blog/peak-innovation">k-innovation</a>.</strong>" Read again and reflect:</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/robocalls-and-scams-phone-based-war-against-us-all"><strong>Robocalls and scams – a phone-based war against us all.</strong></a> </strong>Many years ago, when the phone rang, we eagerly picked it up. That was then. For good or ill, families want to text, message and chat. And the phone call has turned into a source of harassment and scams. Robocalling is a modern torment, sometimes multiple back-to-back dials from the same source, often spoofing our <a href="https://www.bbb.org/en/us/article/news-releases/16670-a-new-kind-of-phone-scam-neighbor-spoofing" target="_blank"><strong>own cell phone numbers</strong></a> – where answering the phone puts us on a ‘sucker list’ sold to other scammers. Is it <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2016/06/ftc-gets-rachel-robocaller-again" target="_blank"><strong>Rachel from Cardmember Services</strong></a> or the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/irs-phone-scam-what-to-do-if-you-get-scam-call-2018-2" target="_blank"><strong>IRS Phone Scam</strong></a>,  a <a href="https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/florida-business-owner-pleads-guilty-telemarketing-related-fraud-scheme" target="_blank"><strong>fake carpet cleaning offer</strong></a> or worse, the <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2018/07/ftc-states-combat-fraudulent-charities-falsely-claim-help" target="_blank"><strong>disabled veterans scam</strong></a>, or the <a href="https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2018/grandparent-scam-scenarios.html" target="_blank"><strong>grandparent 'this is your grandson' scam</strong></a>? <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/robocalls-and-scams-phone-based-war-against-us-all">Read more</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/scaring-seniors-hyping-falls-fraud-and-weather">Scaring seniors – the hyping of falls, fraud, and weather.</a> </strong> Not just the weather scares -- how about scams and fraud?<strong>  </strong>Last month, Investor Protection Trust released a survey of attorneys, most of whom have encountered some type of elder fraud in their practices. The organization asserts that more than 7.3 million Americans over 65 had already been victims of fraud. In June, In June, AARP's Fraud alert expert blogger, <a href="https://www.aarp.org/money/money-essentials/" target="_blank"><strong>Sid Kirchheimer</strong></a>, noted that a <a href="https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0259-robocalls" target="_blank"><strong>robocall scam</strong></a> has geared up to <a href="http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/19/two-new-twists-in-returning-medical-scam/" target="_blank"><strong>offer money saving coupons and a free Medical Alert device</strong></a>, courtesy of AARP -- if you just provide address and credit card. In March, AARP published <a href="https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/research/surveys_statistics/econ/2014/Caught-In-The-Scammer%E2%80%99s-Net-Risk-Factors-That-May-Lead-to-Becoming-an-Internet-Fraud-Victim-AARP-Survey%20-of-American-Adults-Age-18-and-Older-AARP-res-econ.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Caught in the Scammer's Net</strong></a>, a great title that was actually not limited to the AARP demographic, surveying only 77 people (women and men) that were aged 75+. What was useful in that survey, however, was the correlation between feeling isolated and lonely as one of the risk factors for participating in online scams.  My guess -- though I found nothing to prove it -- that is a risk factor for telephone, door-to-door and scams of all types. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/scaring-seniors-hyping-falls-fraud-and-weather">Read more</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/protect-seniors-anonymous-companies-products-and-services">Protect seniors from anonymous companies, products, and services. </a></strong> <strong><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Internet,_nobody_knows_you%27re_a_dog" target="_blank">On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. </a></strong>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 <a href="https://www.nngroup.com/articles/scrolling-and-attention/" target="_blank"><strong>do not scroll down</strong></a> 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. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/protect-seniors-anonymous-companies-products-and-services">Read more</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/identity-theft-big-deal-and-its-too-late-stop-it"><strong>Had your identity stolen lately? </strong></a> </strong>Oh well, you probably did. Not long ago, California’s <a href="http://www.beasleyallen.com/news/anthem-admits-data-breach-likely-affected-blue-cross-blue-shield-customers-as-well-as-its-own/" target="_blank"><strong>Anthem Blue Cross admitted that someone had stolen 80 million health records</strong></a>, complete with name, address, SS # and more. A certain amount of<a href="https://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-mh-anthem-is-warning-consumers-20150306-column.html" target="_blank"><strong> self-congratulation can be found in its letter to the 80+ million</strong></a>: "The information accessed may have included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, employment information, including income data. We have no reason to believe credit card or banking information was compromised." Ha, what a relief. But with the ‘minimal’ data stolen, the thieves got busy and filed for tax refunds from the IRS, which <a href="https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-your-refund-faster-Tell-IRS-to-Direct-Deposit-Your-Refund-to-One,-Two-or-Three-Accounts" target="_blank"><strong>helpfully encourages direct deposit of the refund</strong></a>. TurboTax <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/07/intuit_halts_turbotax_filings_after_states_spot_mass_tax_fraud_scheme/" target="_blank"><strong>halted its electronic filing process recently due to likely fraudulent filing</strong></a>. And the IRS, which <a href="http://www.cnbc.com/id/102410279" target="_blank"><strong>admits to weak fraud detection tools,</strong></a> issues refunds as a result of this travesty. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/identity-theft-big-deal-and-its-too-late-stop-it">Read more</a>.</strong></p> <p>[NOTE TO READERS:  If you receive this blog in an email, please click here to see the full post on <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> website where if you like, you can comment. 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