Connect With News 3981 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/E8ypiNFMMsE/ten-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019 Ten More Technology Offerings from CES 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/CES%202019-2.jfif" style="float:left; height:77px; 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_1"> <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&amp;title=Ten%20More%20Technology%20Offerings%20from%20CES%202019"><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/E8ypiNFMMsE" 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#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-more-technology-offerings-ces-2019 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/U10B0LaR3MI/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019 Ten Technology Offerings From CES 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/CES%202019.jfif" style="float:left; height:100px; 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_2"> <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&amp;title=Ten%20Technology%20Offerings%20From%20CES%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/U10B0LaR3MI" 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#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technology-offerings-ces-2019 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-firstai-technology">Voice First/AI technology</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_3"> <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>When Pew stops tracking senior adoption, does that imply a market saturated? Rant on. <img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/tech%20chaos.jpg" style="float:left; height:73px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:130px" /></strong>h 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_4"> <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. 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/fraud-protection">fraud protection</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/baby-boomers">baby boomers</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/seniors">Seniors</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_5"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fphishing-smishing-scam-all-seasons&amp;title=From%20Phishing%20to%20Smishing%20--%20a%20scam%20for%20all%20seasons"><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/WTnGGoVTAGw" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 15:29:11 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/phishing-smishing-scam-all-seasons#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/phishing-smishing-scam-all-seasons 2018-12-24 15:29 +00:00 2018-12-24 08:29 -07:00 3960 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/gP-NB4d8jcg/recapping-most-read-blog-posts-2018 Recapping the most-read blog posts from 2018 <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%20picture.jfif" style="float:left; height:80px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Fewer software platforms, but new and more interesting offerings.  </strong>Two major changes happened in 2018 that are having and will continue to help older adults. First there is the significant uptake of voice-enabled technology, was <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/future-voice-first-technology-and-older-adults-2018">forecast to be transformative</a>, and so it was, in senior living, in the homes and families of seniors, and as an interface in newer cars to make giving and hearing directions easier.  Not so newsworthy, but perhaps more important, the <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/narrowing-price-gap-between-hearing-aids-and-psaps">hearing technology industry</a> and audiologist specialty were disrupted in favor of self-service and offerings at a significantly lower cost.</p> <!--break--><ul><li><strong>Fewer senior-specific hardware items. </strong>Second, the proliferation of gadget introductions targeting seniors appears to have slowed down, and the use of standard platforms (smartphones, tablets, computers, smart speakers and smart watches) ramped up. This is good – too many companies arrived and departed over the past decade because their senior-unique offerings never ramped up to low enough cost or profitable volumes. And investors have <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/technology-category-cannot-be-spoken-aloud-serving-older-adults">regularly run screaming</a> from the ‘older adult’ category, preferring to view the whole bucket as ‘health’. Whatever. Here are the most-read blog posts from 2018 – take another look if you missed them.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-what-technology-matters-older-adults"><strong>What technology matters for older adults? (Feb, 2018)</strong></a>. </strong><strong>Technology utilization among older adults grew.  </strong>According to Pew Research, smartphone <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/17/technology-use-among-seniors/" target="_blank"><strong>adoption in particular grew among older adults</strong></a>.  Interestingly in a later survey, those with Amazon Echo or Google Home devices and apps <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/06/amazon-echo-and-other-assistants-often-lower-smartphone-use.html" target="_blank"><strong>used their smartphones less</strong></a>.  Self-driving technology was a <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/21/16005636/lyft-self-driving-car-technology-hardware-software" target="_blank"><strong>big topic in 2017</strong></a>, much of the hype including mention <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/unstoppable-momentum-self-driving-cars"><strong>of benefits for older adults.</strong></a>  Still not clear why an <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/30/self-driving-uber-crash-police-report/99814322/" target="_blank"><strong>Uber driving itself</strong></a> is better than a Lyft or Uber with a driver – unless it is the <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=uber+driver+attacks+passenger&amp;oq=uber+driver+attacks+passenger&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.5816j0j4&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank"><strong>well-publicized incidents about Uber drivers</strong></a>. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-what-technology-matters-older-adults">Read more</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-market-overview-technology-aging-place-published">2018 Market Overview of Technology for Aging in Place was published (March, 2018)</a>. </strong>Technology and tech-enabled services matter for older adults<strong>.</strong> The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the Longevity Economy is expected to grow to more than $30 billion in the next few years, according to the<strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/market-overview-technology-older-adults"> updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch </a>-- </strong>more likely to be based on customization of standard software, using existing platforms than creation of senior-specific products. The report provides predictions about key technology trends for 2018 and beyond. Families, caregivers, and seniors will acquire new tech-enabled services that improve the quality of their lives. The 100-million-strong 50+ market is increasingly aware of technology alternatives and providers know it. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/2018-market-overview-technology-aging-place-published">Read more.</a></strong></li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-recent-caregiving-technology-offerings-2018">Caregiving technology came into focus (July, 2018)</a>.  </strong>What newcomers have entered the market?<strong>  </strong>Besides ‘longevity market new media’ like <a href="https://www.strianews.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Stria</strong></a> (former Next Avenue) that provided a splash of cold water for startups and investors in the older adult space.  Although there is little evidence that any investors are bullish about the general older adult market – despite <a href="https://www.aarp.org/research/topics/economics/info-2015/longevity-economy-economic-growth-new-opportunities.html" target="_blank"><strong>AARP documentation</strong></a> and various <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/11/older-consumers-coughlin-longevity-economy/545531/" target="_blank"><strong>books</strong></a> to the contrary, innovators continue to create new offerings to help older adults live better lives.  Here are five recent and soon-launching offerings to help – content is from the websites of the firms or articles about them.<strong>   <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-recent-caregiving-technology-offerings-2018">Read more</a>.</strong></li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technologies-2018-silicon-valley-boomer-venture-summit">Ten technologies from the 2018 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit (June, 2018)</a>. </strong>Two sets of pitches, ten finalists across the competitions. The first five are finalists in the 2018 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Business Plan competition. The Business Plan Competition features companies pitching their ideas to a diverse panel of judges for feedback, funding and a $10,000 prize<strong>. </strong> The second five are finalists in the AARP Innovation Labs Pitch Competition for companies focused on providing peace of mind to family caregivers through the use of VR, AI and other disruptive technologies. The winning team will go on to the AARP Innovation Pitch Event in Washington, DC, in October of 2018<strong>. <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-technologies-2018-silicon-valley-boomer-venture-summit">Read more</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/now-hear-hearing-related-technology-older-adults-and-caregivers">Now Hear This: Hearing-related technology for older adults and caregivers (June, 2018)</a>. </strong> Uncorrected hearing loss isolates and harms older adults.  <a href="file:///C:/Users/lorlov/Documents/home/Aging%20in%20Place/Miscellaneous/The%20Chat%20is%20worn%20behind%20the%20ear%20similar%20to%20a%20hearing%20aid%20(they%20are%20not%20FDA-approved%20hearing%20aids)."><strong>One</strong></a><a href="file:///C:/Users/lorlov/Documents/home/Aging%20in%20Place/Miscellaneous/The%20Chat%20is%20worn%20behind%20the%20ear%20similar%20to%20a%20hearing%20aid%20(they%20are%20not%20FDA-approved%20hearing%20aids)."><strong> in three between age 65 and 74 has hearing loss</strong></a>, and nearly <a href="https://www.ncoa.org/wp-content/uploads/NCOA-Hearing-Loss-Brch-5.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>half of people aged 75+ have some significant level of hearing loss</strong></a>.  Note that hearing loss has been <a href="http://www.hearingreview.com/2017/11/hearing-loss-associated-comorbidities-know/" target="_blank"><strong>linked to dementia</strong></a> and to <a href="https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/healthy_aging/healthy_body/the-hidden-risks-of-hearing-loss" target="_blank"><strong>social isolation</strong></a> – and that in turn has been connected<a href="https://healthjournalism.org/blog/2017/03/social-isolation-loneliness-negatively-affect-health-for-seniors/" target="_blank"><strong> to poorer health outcomes</strong></a>.  Furthermore, wearing hearing aids <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hearing/hearing-aids-tied-to-less-hospitalization-for-older-u-s-adults-idUSKBN1IA2ZR" target="_blank"><strong>has been linked to fewer hospital visits</strong></a>. According to studies, among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than one in five (20 percent) has ever used them. Why such a small percentage? Experts believe that it is a combination of denial, belief that hearing loss is not severe enough, perceived stigma associated with wearing hearing aids, and a perception that they cost too much. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/now-hear-hearing-related-technology-older-adults-and-caregivers">Read more</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/best-buy-acquires-greatcall-what-s-it-mean-best-buy"><strong>Best Buy Acquires Great Call – What’s </strong><strong>i</strong><strong>t Mean for Best Buy (July, 2018)?</strong></a></strong><strong>  </strong>First take – this links together multiple Best Buy initiatives, starting in 2011. <strong> </strong> Look at the history of Best Buy. First a <a href="https://www.mobihealthnews.com/12478/wellcore-officially-unveils-newyu-fitness-device" target="_blank"><strong>dabble with the now departed Wellcore in 2011</strong></a> – clearly the time was not right – the oldest baby boomer turned 72 in 2018, but at 65 in 2010, consumers could not comprehend the utility of a wearable fall detector. But Best Buy executives saw the opportunity and decided to learn more.  More significant in 2011, Best Buy became a <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/pressrelease/mayo-clinic-partners-best-buy-senior-care-technology-lab"><strong>founding consortium member in a ‘living lab’</strong></a> Charter House in Rochester, Minnesota (along with Mayo Clinic). "We believe technology has the potential to foster healthy, productive lives by enabling easier access to information and medical care," says Kurt Hulander, then senior director of health platforms at Best Buy.  <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/best-buy-acquires-greatcall-what-s-it-mean-best-buy">Read more</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/apple-watch-and-fall-detection-what-s-it-mean"><strong>The Apple Watch and Fall Detection – What’s it Mean (Sept, 2018)?</strong></a> </strong>When Apple speaks, a puzzled market listens<strong>. </strong>When Apple announces, industries crane their necks to hear. Last week they announced two <a href="https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/apple-watch-series-4-will-have-fda-cleared-ecg-fall-detection" target="_blank"><strong>features of a new watch, ECG monitoring </strong></a><a href="https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/apple-watch-series-4-will-have-fda-cleared-ecg-fall-detection" target="_blank"><strong>and fall detection</strong></a>. In July, Tim Cook apparently did not want to <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/05/why-apple-alphabet-amazon-can-win-health-care.html" target="_blank"><strong>get into the world of FDA regulation</strong></a>. Well, that was then – or he just wasn’t saying. In this new watch, both the ECG feature and fall detection have received FDA clearance within 30 days of applying, startling some observers who <a href="https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/news/fda-comes-under-fire-for-rapid-apple-watch-approvals" target="_blank"><strong>noted that closer to 150 days</strong></a> was more typical for a medical device.  Healthcare observers are concerned that false positives from ECG readings could <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-adds-heart-monitoring-fall-detection-features-to-its-watch-1536792518" target="_blank"><strong>propel people unnecessarily to already-overloaded Emergency Rooms</strong></a>. To date, the Apple Watch may have been of <a href="https://iphone-tricks.com/news/4207-this-is-the-average-apple-watch-user-study" target="_blank"><strong>greatest interest to 40 year old males</strong></a>. Interestingly, 70% of cases of atrial fibrillation are among the 65+ population.  Does Apple really want the 65+ population to buy an Apple watch?<strong> <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/apple-watch-and-fall-detection-what-s-it-mean">Read more</a></strong>.</li> </ul><p>[<strong>NOTE TO READERS:</strong>  If you receive this blog in an email, please click <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-offerings-washington-innovation-longevity-summit"><strong>here</strong></a> to see the full post on <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/"><strong>Aging in Place Technology Watch</strong></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/hearing-loss">hearing loss</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/voice-firstai-technology">Voice First/AI technology</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/wearables-smart-watch">wearables, smart watch</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/boomer-senior-tech-business">Boomer-Senior Tech Business</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%2Frecapping-most-read-blog-posts-2018&amp;title=Recapping%20the%20most-read%20blog%20posts%20from%202018"><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/gP-NB4d8jcg" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 22:25:00 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/recapping-most-read-blog-posts-2018#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/recapping-most-read-blog-posts-2018 2018-12-19 22:25 +00:00 2018-12-19 15:25 -07:00 3955 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/p46dMSuC30I/six-offerings-washington-innovation-longevity-summit Six offerings from The Washington Innovation in Longevity Summit <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/networking%20people.jfif" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Networking is critical to entrepreneurs.  </strong>And most critical? Network with non-entrepreneurs -- those who can understand the offering and see a practical context into which it fits. The <strong>2018 <a href="http://www.washingtoninnovationsummit.com/">Washington Innovation in Longevity Summit</a></strong>, led by <a href="http://www.maryfurlong.com/"><strong>Mary Furlong</strong></a>,<em><strong> </strong></em>provided that opportunity<strong>.</strong> Entrepreneurs presented, exhibited, and networked with senior leaders from AARP, NCOA, as well as executives from government agencies and leading age-focused firms. Here are six of the companies that presented and/or exhibited at this event.  All information is taken from the websites of the companies and the list is in alphabetical order:</p> <!--break--><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.becausemarket.com/">Because Market Incontinence Products.</a> </strong>"Incontinence affects 25 million people in the US, and half of women over 50. You know someone who <strong>deals</strong> with it- someone who can’t always make it to the bathroom in time or get through the day without a leak. But chances are they’ve never talked about it with you or anyone, which usually means nobody is helping. That needs to change." Learn more at <a href="https://www.becausemarket.com/"> <strong>Because</strong></a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://bluestarseniortech.com/">Blue Star Senior Tech</a>. </strong>"Solutions for seniors to stay at home. We make life better for seniors by providing them with what they want: freedom, independence, dignity, and choice. Our name, BlueStar SeniorTech, reflects our passion, focus and commitment to improving the lives of seniors, veterans and their families. It encompasses our promise to deliver only the very best and to continue doing our duty – proudly serving with honor!"  Learn more at <strong><a href="https://bluestarseniortech.com/">Blue Star Senior Tech</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.lacunahealth.com/#about">Lacuna Health</a>.  </strong>"A new voice in care management. Lacuna Health offers a proven care engagement service for patient-centered care. Our 24-hour RN-led human and data intelligence capabilities identify gaps and enable coordinated and personalized care across the continuum." Learn more at <strong><a href="https://www.lacunahealth.com/#about">Lacuna Health</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://www.miigen.com/">Miigen</a>. </strong>"Our older adults have a wealth of knowledge and stories stored in shoeboxes in attics across the world. Miigen captures this information for you and your family as a digital time capsule. The shoeboxes are the story of a life, a family and a community. Let us not leave it until a family member passes away to learn about their life.  Upload their memories in to Miigen and keep them alive forever."  Learn more at <strong><a href="https://www.miigen.com/">Miigen</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://myfamilychannel.com/">MyFamilyChannel</a>.  </strong>"The Family Channel is a special TV channel that allows family to send messages and photos directly to their loved one’s TV from any smartphone or computer.  Residents are also able to view the activity calendar, dining menus, and other information from staff on their TV.  The system was designed in collaboration with geriatric specialists to be simple and senior friendly." Learn more at <strong><a href="https://myfamilychannel.com/">MyFamilyChannel</a></strong>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong><a href="https://storiicare.com/">StoriiCare</a>. </strong>"The mission of StoriiCare is to improve quality of life for those in care. After more than a year of planning, work began on StoriiCare in early 2016. Initially focusing on social inclusion and reminiscence, it soon became apparent that there was a need for a solution that would also support a wider range of care operations." Learn more at <strong><a href="https://storiicare.com/">StoriiCare</a></strong>.</li> </ul><p>[<strong>NOTE TO READERS:</strong>  If you receive this blog in an email, please click <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-offerings-washington-innovation-longevity-summit">here</a> to see the full post on <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> website. 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/aging-place">aging in place</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/senior-living">senior living</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/boomer-senior-tech-business">Boomer-Senior Tech Business</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-offerings-washington-innovation-longevity-summit&amp;title=Six%20offerings%20from%20The%20Washington%20Innovation%20in%20Longevity%20Summit"><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/p46dMSuC30I" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:35:26 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-offerings-washington-innovation-longevity-summit#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-offerings-washington-innovation-longevity-summit 2018-12-17 14:35 +00:00 2018-12-17 07:35 -07:00 3952 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/6eAyRcmSajE/how-media-loves-talk-about-loneliness-among-older-adults How the media loves to talk about loneliness among 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><img alt="" src="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/files/aip/loneliness.jfif" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" /><strong>Shall we take this WSJ article at face value? </strong>Rant on. From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal – pops up a dramatic headline, <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-loneliest-generation-americans-more-than-ever-are-aging-alone-11544541134">The Loneliest Generation</a>, describing how baby boomer Americans, more than ever, are aging alone. Did you know that ‘social isolation’ has become a named baby boomer health condition, spiking Medicare costs by an additional $134 per enrollee – tucked into the list that includes arthritis (+$117 of cost) and diabetes (+$270), source AARP?  Most of that additional spend was on nursing facilities and additional hospitalization.  Hmm.  What’s wrong?</p> <p><strong>Mulling the numbers. </strong>Okay, let’s remind ourselves that baby boomers make up the population ranging in birth year from 1946-1964.  Only those born in 1953 or earlier are Medicare-eligible (that is, roughly 49 million people aged 65+).  So aside from the fact that social isolation is, as of 2016, a <a href="https://www.icd10data.com/ICD10CM/Codes/Z00-Z99/Z55-Z65/Z60-/Z60.4">billable diagnosis</a> (who knew?), please note that the ineligible younger boomers are generally not costing Medicare any money. And one more snarky point: this ‘new’ observation about loneliness among older adults is unchanged from <a href="https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/06/12184/loneliness-linked-serious-health-problems-and-death-among-elderly">2008</a> or any of the <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2693783/">previous cited research</a>.</p> <p><strong>Moving on to the twisted topic at hand. </strong>From this WSJ article “<strong>Americans More than Ever are Aging Alone</strong>,” what’s it say? 8.3% of baby boomers (born 1946-1964) reported often feeling lonely, per the 2014 census data, in comparison to 7.2% of the silent generation, born before 1946. Those boomers -- seems like a bigger number, right? Hold on, statistics alert!  Surviving baby boomers add up to around 65 million as of that census. There are only 30 million that make up the ‘silent’ and ‘greatest’ generation that were even alive to be counted. Granted that loneliness and social isolation are health hazards akin to <a href="http://mentalfloss.com/article/503378/research-suggests-loneliness-bad-you-smoking-nearly-pack-cigarettes-day">smoking 15 cigarettes per day</a> (AARP again). But approximately <a href="https://www.thestreet.com/story/13880950/1/an-obesity-epidemic-has-hit-the-baby-boomer-generation.html">33% of baby boomers are obese, only 8.3% identified as lonely.</a> The WSJ article then hammered the point, finding people who are estranged from their relatives and with no one to talk to, are left on the floor in a doorway, unable to yell loud enough to be heard, or they are home alone decorating for the holidays, which brings us to…</p> <p><strong>…Technology to help the lonely feel connected and safe. </strong>As the numbers make somewhat clear, from a demographic standpoint, nothing has really changed. Part of the problem with articles like these is that they offer inferential statistics for mission-motivated vendors to use in a pitch. “We have a [choose one: fall detector, radar sensor, smart wearable, medical alert, smart speaker, virtual assistant] that will solve the aging loneliness epidemic as detailed in the Wall Street Journal. (We <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5242208/">don’t have much tech</a> to mitigate the more significant boomer problem of obesity, though, so we won’t bring that up.) </p> <p><strong>How about a PERS devices (safety) or Dorot’s University without Walls (social connection)? </strong>A modicum of technology can go a long way to improve safety and social connection. One person in the article holds up what appears to be a medical alert wrist button, and notes that he now sleeps with his cellphone – a good start, though if he has done that much research, <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/why-talk-devices-because-it-both-possible-and-compelling">more tech could also be engaging</a>. Ironically, social networking technology has more recently been <a href="https://www.psycom.net/mental-health-wellbeing/mental-health-wellbeing-mental-health-wellbeing-how-social-media-increases-loneliness/">shown to make people feel even lonelier</a>, so loneliness among the elderly won’t be mitigated by more time spent on Facebook. Perhaps for those in the WSJ article, someone by now has reached out to them, invited them to join a club, go to a meeting, or showed them how to participate in <a href="http://www.dorotusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=seniors_programs_on_phone_D#.XBFbrGhKiUk">a phone-based discussion forum</a>. Rant off.</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-isolation">social isolation</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/social-media">social media</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/pers">PERS</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%2Fhow-media-loves-talk-about-loneliness-among-older-adults&amp;title=How%20the%20media%20loves%20to%20talk%20about%20loneliness%20among%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/~4/6eAyRcmSajE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:46:04 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/how-media-loves-talk-about-loneliness-among-older-adults#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/how-media-loves-talk-about-loneliness-among-older-adults 2018-12-12 22:46 +00:00 2018-12-12 15:46 -07:00 3948 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/w0n29gzts0o/why-talk-devices-because-it-both-possible-and-compelling Why talk to devices?  Because it is both possible and compelling <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/smart%20speakers.jpg" style="float:left; height:88px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Who can and will be talking to their technology?  </strong>Quite a few people will, though it is hard to get a real number – which is ironic, since Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung, etc. all know how many they have shipped. And they also know <a href="https://voicebot.ai/2018/12/02/amazon-echo-devices-on-backorder-worldwide-echo-dots-particularly-hard-to-find-in-the-u-k/">how many devices are back-ordered</a>.  Maybe believe this one: could there be <a href="https://voicebot.ai/2018/06/28/smart-speaker-users-pass-50-million-in-u-s-for-the-first-time/">50 million smart speakers in US</a> possibly with some homes having more than one)?  On the other hand, according to Pew Research, only 66% of the 65+ population (46 million) have <a href="https://whatismyipaddress.com/broadband">broadband</a> access(that is, high enough speed) to enable a smart speaker in the home. Perhaps non-users are in <a href="https://broadbandnow.com/report/us-states-internet-coverage-speed-2018/">rural areas</a>. Or they live in parts of regions, according to Microsoft, that are significantly <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2018/12/05/microsoft-study-on-rural-broadband-shortfall/">overstated by the FCC as having broadband</a>.</p> <p><strong>Which device/software will they ask and why? </strong>For many simple interactions, there is almost no difference in capability between Amazon and Google offerings. Some could query Google Assistant on <a href="https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/08/google-assistant-is-now-on-over-500-million-devices/">smartphones</a> or <a href="https://assistant.google.com/platforms/cars/">in their cars</a> with <a href="https://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/">Apple CarPlay</a> (via <a href="https://developer.apple.com/design/human-interface-guidelines/carplay/interaction/voice/">Siri</a>) or <a href="https://www.android.com/auto/faq/">Android Auto</a>. With these tools, drivers can have text messages <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2018/08/08/how-have-your-emails-texts-read-you-car/926421002/">read aloud in the car</a> and dictate the response. According to testing, Google Assistant may be smarter. So for some uses, out and about with cars and smartphones, that may be more optimal – especially with <a href="https://www.firstpost.com/tech/news-analysis/google-assistant-gets-improved-ui-for-google-maps-heres-how-it-works-5669781.html">recent new features for maps</a>. Back in the home, it is feasible to have an established, if often misunderstood, <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202201630">and possibly, even absurd continuing</a> dialogue with smart speakers. We can wander around requesting <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201549700">streaming</a> radio stations, now possible with devices that are in <a href="https://www.the-ambient.com/how-to/set-up-multi-room-audio-google-assistant-464">multiple rooms</a> all <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/us/amazon-echo-multi-room-music-setup,review-4634.html">playing the same song</a> if you’re crazy enough to want that.</p> <p><strong>There is no going back – the genie is out of the bottle. </strong>There are some concerns – though privacy invasions are not, <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/04/ex-nsa-privacy-expert-how-likely-your-amazon-echo-is-to-be-hacked.html">according to experts</a>, as worrisome as data theft from <a href="https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900044534/marriott-says-500-million-people-were-hacked-in-data-breach-were-you-heres-how-youll-find-out.html">hotel</a> or <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/equifax-hack-hits-credit-histories-of-up-to-143-million-americans/2017/09/07/a4ae6f82-941a-11e7-b9bc-b2f7903bab0d_story.html?utm_term=.88ba5644d89c">credit bureau</a> sites. Older adults and those who serve them may worry having an always-listening device in a senior’s home, ready instantly to misunderstand commands, and possibly screw up the response with actions or <a href="http://fortune.com/2017/01/09/amazon-echo-alexa-dollhouse/">accidental purchases</a>. Perhaps tapping the microphone off on a nearby smart speaker while watching TV (commercials) should become standard practice. Checking out a report on smart speaker usage categories, though, people apparently are NOT using them to <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/10/adobe-analytics-what-people-use-amazon-echo-and-smart-speakers-for.html">purchase goods</a>. Whew, that's a relief.</p> <p><strong>Who is NOT going to enable a voice first interface?  </strong>That answer is simple. If it can be enabled (one way or the other), it will be, even in the health provider/insurer segment, where the <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/voice-first-and-health-what-s-notable-and-not-so-much">experiments are numerous</a> and sometimes silly. But we know that <a href="https://hbr.org/2018/03/to-combat-physician-burnout-and-improve-care-fix-the-electronic-health-record">doctors hate interacting with EHRs</a>. We know that <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/does-your-doctor-need-a-voice-assistant/">voice assistants will migrate further</a> into the health ecosystem. We can see that the experiment phase will come to an end, and voice interactions will support personalized information exchange – your HIPAA-compliant answer to ‘when is my next appointment, for what and with whom?’  If <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/voice-first-senior-living-whats-happened-and-whats-next">the slow-to-change senior living industry sees the opportunity</a> to improve service and operations with voice first technology, what is NOT possible?</p> <p><strong>NOTE: Upcoming conferences – will you be there to meet in person?</strong></p> <p>Next week: <a href="http://www.washingtoninnovationsummit.com/">Innovations in Longevity in DC</a></p> <p>January 8-9, 2019: <a href="https://digitalhealthsummit.com/">Digital Health at CES in Las Vegas</a></p> <p>January 15-16, 2019: <a href="https://www.voicefirst.fm/alexaconference">Alexa Conference in Chattanooga</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/voice-firstai-technology">Voice First/AI technology</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_9"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fwhy-talk-devices-because-it-both-possible-and-compelling&amp;title=Why%20talk%20to%20devices%3F%C2%A0%20Because%20it%20is%20both%20possible%20and%20compelling"><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/w0n29gzts0o" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:48:55 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/why-talk-devices-because-it-both-possible-and-compelling#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/why-talk-devices-because-it-both-possible-and-compelling 2018-12-06 16:48 +00:00 2018-12-06 09:48 -07:00 3944 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/gx7C6BrIhLo/four-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-november-2018 Four Health and Aging Technology Blog Posts from November 2018 <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/turkey.jpg" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />A short month saw plenty of food – and provided food for thought. </strong> Many (54 million!) traveled during the US Thanksgiving holiday, <a href="https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/11/thanksgiving-travel-forecast-2018/">according to AAA</a>.  It was month to think further about concepts introduced in October about <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/what-caregiving-technology-anyway">caregiving technology</a> – why is it so unclear what it is, who makes it, what is the form factor for presenting it and how should people be using it?  (More on that in future posts.)  Meanwhile, some thoughts about living to 100 – despite the endless repetition about <a href="https://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/12/03/us-life-expectancy-suicide-opioids">shrinking life expectancy in the US</a>, those that live past age 65 <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/powell/2016/10/05/life-expectancy-actuaries-live-die-retire-retirement/89407296/">may last another 30 years</a>…or more.  Perhaps this is a major factor in why older adults defer making moves to senior living?  (Just a thought.) More from the month:</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/living-100-will-technology-matter-and-whom"><strong>Living to 100 – will technology matter – and for whom?</strong></a> What is the likelihood of living to 100 for older adults?</strong> Greater than you think – can you imagine that that by 2050, the number will grow from 72,000 to <a href="http://www.thecentenarian.co.uk/how-many-people-live-to-hundred-across-the-globe.html" target="_blank"><strong>1 million in the United States</strong></a> – in Canada, <a href="https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/05/03/100-year-old-canadians-fast-growing-age-group-in-the-country.html" target="_blank"><strong>centenarians are the fastest-growing age group</strong></a>.  Today there are <a href="http://www.thecentenarian.co.uk/how-many-people-live-to-hundred-across-the-globe.html" target="_blank"><strong>450,000 centenarians worldwide</strong></a> – with the longest <a href="https://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/behind-the-body-issue-dan-buettner-on-places-where-people-live-longest/" target="_blank"><strong>disability-free life expectancy</strong></a> found in Okinawa, Japan. Is society ready to accommodate double the number of seniors who will be living to 100 and beyond?  What will the experience be like – today’s centenarians offer a clue to how they came to live as long – <a href="https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/want-live-past-100-centenarians-share-secrets" target="_blank"><strong>genetics, healthy lifestyle, marital status</strong></a>. What these individuals were not, however, is socially isolated, as <a href="http://time.com/4327430/baby-boomers-are-isolating-themselves-as-they-age-thats-bad-for-everyone/" target="_blank"><strong>many of today’s boomers may be</strong></a>.  <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/living-100-will-technology-matter-and-whom">Read more</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/time-year-considering-technology-gifts-older-adults">That Time of Year – Considering Technology Gifts for Older Adults.</a> </strong>Warning -- this is not a blog post about what to give to seniors<strong>. </strong>There are plenty of click-bait websites topping the search list, like <a href="https://www.gearbrain.com/holiday-tech-gift-ideas-for-grandparents-2492366455.html" target="_blank"><strong>Holiday Tech Gift Ideas</strong></a> or the lengthy <a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=amazon.com"><strong>Amazon tech gift list</strong></a><a href="https://www.google.com/search?q=amazon.com"> </a>or even a list described as <a href="https://www.lifewire.com/best-tech-gifts-for-seniors-4148378" target="_blank"><strong>The 7 Best Tech Gifts to Buy for Seniors</strong></a> -- really? Maybe these are the perfect gifts – or perhaps for some family members, the <a href="https://dailycaring.com/big-list-gift-ideas-for-seniors/" target="_blank"><strong>DailyCaring </strong></a>list is appropriate. Among all these lists, there might be some intriguing items that could be welcome, if not necessarily practical. Don’t forget a set of <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/09/13/hurricane-florence-tech-you-need/1297831002/" target="_blank"><strong>portable batteries</strong></a> – extremely useful for all these devices during power outages. Okay that is enough about the What – and For Whom. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/time-year-considering-technology-gifts-older-adults">Read more.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/apple-s-walled-garden-bites-wallet-world-free-better"><strong>Apple’s Walled Garden Bites the Wallet, but is free better?</strong></a>  </strong><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/apple-s-walled-garden-bites-wallet-world-free-better">Check out this startling sampling of Apple user complaints...</a></strong>Rant on. <a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/these-are-the-things-apple-customers-hate-the-most-theres-a-lot/" target="_blank"><strong>ZDNet published a list of Apple complaints</strong></a> posted on Reddit (which has an Apple forum of more than 800K members) – the list was eye-opening and filled with rage about (storage, connector, power) limitations. Oddly, in the center of the online article was an iPad ad. One commenter compared the Apple customer experience to buying a high-end Audi and discovering that the price did not include tires. Today Apple has <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/266572/market-share-held-by-smartphone-platforms-in-the-united-states/" target="_blank"><strong>44.3% market share phone ownership</strong></a> – compared to Android’s 54.5% (led by Samsung and LG).   Users feel locked into Apple's ecosystem, but some commenting said it was easier to switch than people believe. Phone <a href="https://www.androidauthority.com/keeping-phones-longer-833509/" target="_blank"><strong>replacement cycles are lengthening</strong></a>, due to high prices for new phones coupled with apparent (or fixable) durability of existing devices. <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/apple-s-walled-garden-bites-wallet-world-free-better"><strong>Read more</strong>.</a></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-technologies-2018-aging-20-optimize"><strong>Interested in innovation in the age-related market?</strong></a>  </strong>You are based in the west coast or needed to be there to do other business?  Then you may have attended Aging 2.0’s annual Optimize event this week in San Francisco to hear Dr. Joseph Coughlin of the MIT Age Lab describe his <a href="http://agelab.mit.edu/" target="_blank"><strong>insights about the Longevity Economy</strong></a>. And you may have <a href="https://www.aging2.com/optimize-2018/agenda/" target="_blank"><strong>viewed the pitches for partners</strong></a>, spoken with investors, and learned about Aging 2.0 progress in meeting its 2017-identified <a href="https://www.aging2.com/grandchallenges/" target="_blank"><strong>Grand Challenges</strong></a> -- augmented in 2018 with two additional, <strong>Care Coordination</strong> and <strong>Engagement</strong>. In addition, <a href="https://ohmnilabs.com/" target="_blank"><strong>OhmniLabs</strong></a> won the Global Startup Competition. With that as context, here are five startups that exhibited at Aging 2.0 – all material is drawn from the firms' own sites. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-technologies-2018-aging-20-optimize">Read more</a></strong>.</p> <p><strong>NOTE TO EMAIL RECIPIENTS OF THIS BLOG: </strong></p> <p>You are receiving this blog post from the website <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/">Aging in Place Technology Watch</a> – which tracks the market of innovation that can serve an aging population and includes trend reports, press releases, related news articles and more.</p> <p>Hope to see you at the <a href="http://www.washingtoninnovationsummit.com/">Washington Innovation in Longevity Summit</a> next week in DC!  </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/cell-phones-smartphones">cell phones, smartphones</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/boomer-senior-tech-business">Boomer-Senior Tech Business</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/baby-boomers">baby boomers</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%2Ffour-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-november-2018&amp;title=Four%20Health%20and%20Aging%20Technology%20Blog%20Posts%20from%20November%202018"><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/gx7C6BrIhLo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Mon, 03 Dec 2018 21:37:34 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/four-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-november-2018#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/four-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-november-2018 2018-12-03 21:37 +00:00 2018-12-03 14:37 -07:00 3940 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/IxIC-027kNE/time-year-considering-technology-gifts-older-adults That time of year -- considering technology gifts 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/tech%20gifts%202018.jpg" style="float:left; height:80px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Warning -- this is not a blog post about what to give to seniors. </strong>There are plenty of click-bait websites topping the search list, like <a href="https://www.gearbrain.com/holiday-tech-gift-ideas-for-grandparents-2492366455.html">Holiday Tech Gift Ideas</a> or the lengthy <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&amp;keywords=best+tech+gifts&amp;index=aps&amp;tag=googhydr-20&amp;hvadid=289989377998&amp;hvpos=1t2&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvrand=5439271898729510105&amp;hvpone=&amp;hvptwo=&amp;hvqmt=b&amp;hvdev=c&amp;hvdvcmdl=&amp;hvlocint=&amp;hvlocphy=9012441&amp;hvtargid=kwd-295632996376&amp;ref=pd_sl_4blbrtmh3q_b">Amazon tech gift list</a> or even a list described as <a href="https://www.lifewire.com/best-tech-gifts-for-seniors-4148378">The 7 Best Tech Gifts to Buy for Seniors</a> -- really? Maybe these are the perfect gifts – or perhaps for some family members, the <a href="https://dailycaring.com/big-list-gift-ideas-for-seniors/">DailyCaring </a>list is appropriate. Among all these lists, there might be some intriguing items that could be welcome, if not necessarily practical. Don’t forget a set of <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/09/13/hurricane-florence-tech-you-need/1297831002/">portable batteries</a> – extremely useful for all these devices during power outages. Okay that is enough about the What – and For Whom.  </p> <!--break--><p><strong>More important than the gift itself – how should, can, or will it be used?</strong> Many of us have technology that was once useful. But sadly it's <a href="http://www.ecyclingcentral.com/">now junk</a> -- defined as a purchased tech item that is now too slow, too obsolete, too heavy, or too much trouble. Sometimes tech-enabled items become junk almost immediately for a variety of reasons that the giver did not consider or forgot about.  Look around your own environment and the tangled nest (pun intended) of cables, connectors, chargers, cords, some specifically for devices long gone. Now consider the prospective gifts and factors such as:</p> <ul><li><strong>Out of the box assembly – maybe, maybe not so much.  </strong>Ideally the product has an online video somewhere that family installers can view, maybe even with family. Consider the video for <a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_left_v4_sib?ie=UTF8&amp;nodeId=202189140">Amazon Echo setup</a>. A video might streamline <a href="https://support.google.com/googlehome/answer/7029485?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&amp;hl=en">these 22 steps to set up Google Home</a>.  While the Echo setup can be done from a browser on a device that has Wi-Fi, Google Home assumes a tablet or smartphone. Like every other device joining a Wi-Fi network for the first time, these will need the network password to access it. Worn out already? Move on to...</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Ease (or lack thereof) of installation.</strong> Does a product need broadband access and that noted access to Wi-Fi?  Oh, and <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/internet-broadband/">does the home already have Wi-Fi</a> (and a router)? Does it need an initial setup that involves downloading software from a central site (like Google Play or the iOS App Store) – this is unfortunately still the state of the art for phone and tablet apps -- and some users, according to <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/01/26/2-password-management-and-mobile-security/">Pew, may never do the update</a> -- or they <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/gordonkelly/2018/09/18/apple-ios-12-should-you-upgrade/#7816453c71f9">debate it</a> for a while to see if anybody was unhappy afterward. Or consider and <a href="https://www.tomsguide.com/us/install-ring-video-doorbell,news-27653.html">maybe delay installing that very useful but complex Ring Doorbell</a> -- the 11 steps include finding the breaker, a place to mount it, software setup, tuning and much more.  Okay, done...for now.  But then there are those...</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Updates -- too frequent, too many.   </strong>Don’t forget updates for devices (like <a href="https://www.androidauthority.com/android-oreo-fastest-manufacturers-update-874788/">smartphones</a>, PCs and Macs) – which usually bring along security patches.  Microsoft, for example, has a pleasant weekday nicknamed <a href="https://www.lifewire.com/patch-tuesday-2625783">Patch Tuesday</a> – we are supposed to check out and run the updates which no doubt close gaping holes that hackers love, and which in the prior week were not perceived as gaping.  One of the upsides of Voice First offerings like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant – updates occur on the other side of the Internet wall, in the <a href="https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/what-is-cloud-computing/">so-called Cloud</a>, done in one place the user just accesses. And what about...</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Ongoing and much-needed support.  </strong>Perhaps this should have been mentioned first, not last.  After the holiday is over, who will help when devices appear inexplicably unusable?  Whether it is our ever-so-smart phones, our oddly-blue screens, our uncharged or mismatched connections, or other bafflement -- like accessing Internet radio stations or streaming music or video? Who gifted that product anyway and can we call them?  Or we anxiously look for a support alternative, whether it is dropping in at a tech store, calling the local or <a href="https://www.bestbuy.com/site/electronics/geek-squad/pcmcat138100050018.c?id=pcmcat138100050018">phone-based Geek</a> team or trying Best Buy’s new offering, <a href="https://www.bestbuy.com/site/services/assured-living/pcmcat1497550757159.c?id=pcmcat1497550757159">Assured Living</a>.</li> </ul></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/cell-phones-smartphones">cell phones, smartphones</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/iot-and-home-monitoring">IoT and home monitoring</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/boomer-senior-tech-business">Boomer-Senior Tech Business</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%2Ftime-year-considering-technology-gifts-older-adults&amp;title=That%20time%20of%20year%20--%20considering%20technology%20gifts%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/IxIC-027kNE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:28:15 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/time-year-considering-technology-gifts-older-adults#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/time-year-considering-technology-gifts-older-adults 2018-11-27 14:28 +00:00 2018-11-27 07:28 -07:00 3937 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/yyPpl0jfC3U/living-100-will-technology-matter-and-whom Living to 100 – will technology matter – and for whom? <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/baby%20boomers%20word%20cloud_2.jpg" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:90px" />What is the likelihood of living to 100 for older adults?</strong> Greater than you think – can you imagine that that by 2050, the number will grow from 72,000 to <a href="http://www.thecentenarian.co.uk/how-many-people-live-to-hundred-across-the-globe.html">1 million in the United States</a> – in Canada, <a href="https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/05/03/100-year-old-canadians-fast-growing-age-group-in-the-country.html">centenarians are the fastest-growing age group</a>.  Today there are <a href="http://www.thecentenarian.co.uk/how-many-people-live-to-hundred-across-the-globe.html">450,000 centenarians worldwide</a> – with the longest <a href="https://6thfloor.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/behind-the-body-issue-dan-buettner-on-places-where-people-live-longest/">disability-free life expectancy</a> found in Okinawa, Japan. Is society ready to accommodate double the number of seniors who will be living to 100 and beyond?  What will the experience be like – today’s centenarians offer a clue to how they came to live as long – <a href="https://www.pbs.org/newshour/health/want-live-past-100-centenarians-share-secrets">genetics, healthy lifestyle, marital status</a>. What these individuals were not, however, is socially isolated, as <a href="http://time.com/4327430/baby-boomers-are-isolating-themselves-as-they-age-thats-bad-for-everyone/">many of today’s boomers may be</a>.</p> <p><strong>A conundrum – will less healthy baby boomers be among the centenarians?</strong>  Baby boomers may have a longer <a href="https://data.oecd.org/healthstat/life-expectancy-at-65.htm">life expectancy at 65</a> than their parents – most likely due to availability of more sophisticated health care and medications. But for a disease free quality of life in their later years, they will they need to fix <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/neilhowe/2015/12/15/boomers-may-die-earlier-than-we-expected/#3b2dde025f3e">lifestyle and health issues</a> that did not characterize their parents. For instance, <a href="https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1568518">boomers have shown themselves</a> to be more likely to be obese, have <a href="https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/sis13539">poorer eating habits</a>, have a greater prevalence of diabetes, and take more medications than the previous generation.  Ironically, almost all boomers want to lose weight, but when asked, ironically, they want to do so without exercise. And beyond age 80, most boomers <a href="https://www.hear-it.org/prevalence-age-related-hearing-loss">will have some hearing loss</a>.</p> <p><strong>Resource constraints may boost dependency on technology for seniors and caregivers.  </strong>But the benefits of technology may not just be related to disease management and lifestyle. As <a href="http://irpp.org/research-studies/supporting-caregivers-and-caregiving-in-an-aging-canada/">the population ages</a>, will there be <a href="https://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/the-burden-of-supporting-the-elderly/">enough family</a> member and <a href="http://irpp.org/research-studies/supporting-caregivers-and-caregiving-in-an-aging-canada/">professional caregivers</a> to provide care? According to predictions, the ratio of available caregivers to potential care recipients is going to worsen. Better technology and more creative uses of it are likely opportunities to mitigate the growing caregiver gap.  These include making greater use of sensors in the home (the so-called Internet of Things) to detect issues with gait and falls. Population health data will help identify those at greatest risk of health issues and likely readmission to hospitals (see <strong>Figure 1 Table of Categories that may matter)</strong>. </p> <p><strong>Making assumptions about care helps understand centenarian future needs.  </strong>How should society leverage available and future technology capabilities?  With lengthening life expectancy, poorer health and fewer available people to provide care, we can better understand the context for technology use and centenarians. The growing cost of providing in-person care will be an impetus for delivering more care remotely, including <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/medical-devices/activities/announcements/notice-digital-health-technologies.html">digital health technologies</a> for diagnosis and remote monitoring, the use of wearables like <a href="https://www.wareable.com/smartwatches/ways-break-out-medical-devices-6463">smart watches</a> or other jewelry to sense a problem like a fall and alert others.  (See <strong>Figure 2 Centenarian Morning in the Life)</strong></p> <p><strong>Centenarians of the future will benefit from technology (r)evolution.  </strong>Eight years ago there were <a href="https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/04/03/a-brief-history-of-the-ipad-apples-once-and-future-tablet">no commercially available consumer tablets</a>. Five years ago there were no <a href="https://www.lifewire.com/smart-speaker-4145037">smart speakers</a> on the market – today’s older adults have the benefit of access to large bright screens, devices they can <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/future-voice-first-technology-and-older-adults-2018">speak to naturally and expect a response</a> and widely available in-home WiFi and growing Internet use among older adults.  However, while <a href="http://www.pewglobal.org/2016/02/22/internet-access-growing-worldwide-but-remains-higher-in-advanced-economies/">Internet access is growing globally</a>, the oldest old may still <a href="http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/05/some-americans-dont-use-the-internet-who-are-they/">be non-participants</a> in the benefits accrued with being online.  And non-participation may be as much due to the future cost of connection as due to lack of awareness.</p> <p><strong>Figure 1: Table of technology categories that may matter </strong></p> <table border="1" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p><strong>Category</strong></p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p><strong>Examples</strong></p> </td> <td> <p><strong>Implication/Benefit/risk</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>AI/Voice</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Voice interfaces everywhere; increased engagement tools like Alexa, Google Assistant</p> </td> <td> <p>Cost of higher speed Internet connection; privacy concerns</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Social, Learning</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Social networks, Online Learning</p> </td> <td> <p>Maintain connection to family; learning in advanced old age; isolation of the offline</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Digital health</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Wearables, remote patient monitoring</p> </td> <td> <p>More effective chronic disease management; alerting care providers;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Dementia care</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Engagement, cognitive, wander management wearables</p> </td> <td> <p>Improved cognitive function, lower risk of injury to wanderers</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Hearing</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Self-testing websites,</p> <p>OTC hearing aids, amplifiers/hearables</p> </td> <td> <p>Lower price and access, reduced stigma, enabling broader use; isolation, poorer health, dementia risk for non-users</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Fall prevention</p> <p>/detection</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Weight-bearing exercise coaching, fall detection and gait analysis wearables</p> </td> <td> <p>Reduction of hospitalizations due to falls, prediction of injury from gait analysis; risk of resistance from health professionals</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Care Coordination</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Tools for tracking care resources, tasks, milestones, care status</p> </td> <td> <p>Family caregiver organization of tasks improves care quality; barriers of non-integration with health data remain</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Internet of Things</p> <p>/Smart systems</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>In-home security,</p> <p>Individual motion/movement, cameras</p> </td> <td> <p>Configured homes provide greater safety for very old; non-participation due to cost and lack of awareness</p> </td> </tr><tr><td style="width:120px"> <p>Predictive analytics</p> </td> <td style="width:211px"> <p>Identifying at risk population,</p> <p>Predicting future individual incident</p> </td> <td> <p>Health/insurer groups maintain contact with at risk groups; individual providers reach out to centenarians at risk</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table><p> </p> <p><strong>Figure 2: Centenarian morning-in-the-life scenario enabled by technology</strong></p> <p>At 101, Mrs. Johnson lives alone in an independent living community and walks without assistance.  Each day she wakes with an amplified <strong>voice-enabled alarm clock</strong> that tells her the time and offers a tip from its smart assistant on what to wear, given the weather. She views her activity schedule for the day – and sees that she is scheduled to attend lunch and a play with a grandson. She always wears her <strong>attractive smart watch</strong> which measures her heart rate and would warn if she fell. Her path to the bathroom is lit by motion-sensing lighting and alerts a caregiver that she is up. She glances at the <strong>voice-enabled display</strong> showing messages, news and fun facts for the day – spoken aloud and displayed. Her vital signs from the watch are regularly transmitted to a nurse -- Mrs. Johnson can expect a call from a nurse if vitals are out of range. Her daily stats are transmitted and aggregated because she is part of a study tracking wellbeing of Centenarians.  Mrs. Johnson <strong>speaks a request</strong> for a ride pickup for later that day. She receives a call from her grandson, then walks to the dining room to meet friends for breakfast.</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/seniors">Seniors</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/aging-place">aging in place</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%2Fliving-100-will-technology-matter-and-whom&amp;title=Living%20to%20100%20%E2%80%93%20will%20technology%20matter%20%E2%80%93%20and%20for%20whom%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/yyPpl0jfC3U" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tue, 20 Nov 2018 01:42:56 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/living-100-will-technology-matter-and-whom#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/living-100-will-technology-matter-and-whom 2018-11-20 01:42 +00:00 2018-11-19 18:42 -07:00 3933 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/kV6DE2x0VdE/apple-s-walled-garden-bites-wallet-world-free-better Apple’s walled garden bites the wallet – but is the world of ‘free’ better? <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/apple.png" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:126px" />Check out this startling sampling of Apple user complaints...</strong>Rant on.<strong> </strong><a href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/these-are-the-things-apple-customers-hate-the-most-theres-a-lot/">ZDNet published a list of Apple complaints</a> posted on Reddit (which has an Apple forum of more than 800K members) – the list was eye-opening and filled with rage about (storage, connector, power) limitations. Oddly, in the center of the online article was an iPad ad. One commenter compared the Apple customer experience to buying a high-end Audi and discovering that the price did not include tires. Today Apple has <a href="https://www.statista.com/statistics/266572/market-share-held-by-smartphone-platforms-in-the-united-states/">44.3% market share phone ownership</a> – compared to Android’s 54.5% (led by Samsung and LG).   Users feel locked into Apple's ecosystem, but some commenting said it was easier to switch than people believe. Phone <a href="https://www.androidauthority.com/keeping-phones-longer-833509/">replacement cycles are lengthening</a>, due to high prices for new phones coupled with apparent (or fixable) durability of existing devices.</p> <!--break--><p><strong>…Meantime, over in the world of ‘Free’ content, volume (even if it's fake) matters most.  </strong>The Wall Street Journal notes that free content has produced the low quality mishmash of useless, maybe harmful material that users must wade through to find value – noting $20 billion annual cost of spam, for example, or the deletion of fake account underway at Facebook (583 million of 2.2 billion). Twitter deleted 20 million accounts just a few months ago (out of 383 million).  <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-unintended-consequences-of-the-free-internet-1542210464?mod=searchresults&amp;page=1&amp;pos=2">According to the WSJ</a>, Facebook gets more than 98% of its revenue from advertising, for Twitter and Google, it’s 86%. For advertising-dependent models, the number of users seeing ads matters, even when that number is glutted with <a href="http://www.pewinternet.org/2018/04/09/bots-in-the-twittersphere/">bots</a>, <a href="https://www.recode.net/2018/5/15/17349790/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-fake-accounts-content-policy-update">fake accounts</a>, and <a href="https://www.martechadvisor.com/articles/mobile-advertising/6-types-of-mobile-advertising-frauds-you-should-know-about/">hidden ads</a>, not to mention moronic posts. Consider the tiny percent of revenue that is ad-based for Microsoft or Amazon. And then there's Apple, which <a href="https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/04/the-greedy-ways-apple-got-to-1-trillion/">nickels and dimes</a> the customer over cords and keyboards.</p> <p><strong>Mull over these two worlds – and the Netflix subscription model starts to appeal.  </strong>Netflix, which charges users monthly for a subscription, appears (gasp) to <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/16/netflix-q3-2018-earnings-and-revenue.html">be making money</a> offering content that people want enough to pay for it.  And Apple trumpets the 'privacy' <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/24/18017842/tim-cook-data-privacy-laws-us-speech-brussels">it offers by not selling the data of you</a>. But use Apple’s Safari browser from an iPhone or tablet, and go to websites that are, uh, ad-rich, like <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/">USA Today</a> – whoa, look at all those ads. Tormented by an advertising-based ‘Free’ model, you install <a href="https://adblockplus.org/">AdBlock Plus</a>, a browser extension that blocks ads, sort of.  Check out the tiny type wording at the bottom of that screen, though. "We are able to keep our open source product free by charging large entities a fee for white-listing their services." <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2013/7/5/4496852/adblock-plus-eye-google-whitelist">Like Google</a>.</p> <p><strong>What is the problem -- and can it be fixed or mitigated by charging a fee for access? </strong>Is the problem for consumers just that the ads are shown? Or that the entire online ad industry is built<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/31/technology/internet-advertising-business.html"> to leverage sophisticated technology to aggregate user attention and sell advertising</a>?  The problem for businesses is that they must participate in this circus, leading to your viewing habits being evaluated and sold to marketers in order to show the ads. Yet the recipient of content about your usage is not known to you -- the user. And if 'you' are really a bot to be discovered and crushed, or 'your' access is from a fake account, what is the revenue model for a Twitter or Facebook, really? As noted in the Wall Street Journal, one day we will internalize the meaning of the fact that ‘Free’ really isn’t and that[ we will want to pay to be freed from the mess that is 'Free'. Rant off.</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/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_13"> <a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share_save" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ageinplacetech.com%2Fblog%2Fapple-s-walled-garden-bites-wallet-world-free-better&amp;title=Apple%E2%80%99s%20walled%20garden%20bites%20the%20wallet%20%E2%80%93%20but%20is%20the%20world%20of%20%E2%80%98free%E2%80%99%20better%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/kV6DE2x0VdE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Thu, 15 Nov 2018 17:58:43 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/apple-s-walled-garden-bites-wallet-world-free-better#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/apple-s-walled-garden-bites-wallet-world-free-better 2018-11-15 17:58 +00:00 2018-11-15 10:58 -07:00 3931 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/WFiEovtVcm4/five-technologies-2018-aging-20-optimize Five technologies from 2018 Aging 2.0 Optimize <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%202.0.jpg" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />Interested in innovation in the age-related market?  </strong>You are based in the west coast or needed to be there to do other business?  Then you may have attended Aging 2.0’s annual Optimize event this week in San Francisco to hear Dr. Joseph Coughlin of the MIT Age Lab describe his <a href="http://agelab.mit.edu/">insights about the Longevity Economy</a>. And you may have <a href="https://www.aging2.com/optimize-2018/agenda/">viewed the pitches for partners</a>, spoken with investors, and learned about Aging 2.0 progress in meeting its 2017-identified <a href="https://www.aging2.com/grandchallenges/">Grand Challenges</a> -- augmented in 2018 with two additional, <strong>Care Coordination</strong> and<strong> Engagement</strong>. In addition, <a href="https://ohmnilabs.com/">OhmniLabs</a> won the Global Startup Competition. With that as context, here are five startups that exhibited at Aging 2.0 this week – all material is drawn from the firms' own sites:</p> <!--break--><ul><li><strong>Confetti. </strong>"We decided to create a platform that makes it easy to bring people together around life’s most important moments -- from birthdays, to weddings, to anniversaries or retirements -- to honor our past, celebrate the present, and get excited for what lies ahead. The team behind Confetti is part of AARP Innovation Labs, where we come up with new ideas to improve different parts of life. Our products are geared toward people of all ages, and Confetti is one of our first.”  Learn more at <a href="https://www.giveconfetti.com/confetti/about">GiveConfetti.com</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Leeo. </strong>"Leeo Smart Alert™ works with the smoke, carbon monoxide and continuous tone water alarms that you already have . . . to form a fire and flood prevention dream team. If a smoke, CO or water alarm goes off, Leeo calls you instantly on your phone and tells you what’s happening. If you’re not reachable, Leeo can notify your emergency contact list directly. You or anyone on your list can respond by checking your home or calling 911." Learn more at <a href="https://www.leeo.com/">Leeo.com</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>OneDay. </strong>"For senior living communities:  get a branded app, choose the story to create, record your residents answering previously loaded questions. The app then creates a branded movie with music instantly. The movies are automatically uploaded to the department’s own web pages. OneDay is an enabler for senior living communities to engage residents and families in an innovative way, improve resident and employee engagement, and gain a marketing differentiator on resident tours." Learn more at <a href="https://www.oneday.com/#top">OneDay</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Somatix.</strong> "Precision recognition of physiological and emotional symptoms via simple hand gestures. The Somatix real-time gesture detection platform utilizes sensors built into a range of wearables, predictive analytics and machine learning to passively monitor, remotely track, analyze, and deliver insights and help act on massive volumes of detected gesture data. The platform ultimately facilitates personalized CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) driven health intervention that increases individuals' treatment adherence and helps improve people's lives." Learn more at <a href="https://somatix.com/">Somatix.com</a>.</li> </ul><ul><li><strong>Seismic. </strong>"A fusion of apparel and robotics -- Lightweight, breathable and comfortable; our apparel enables wearers to overcome limitations and achieve their full physical potential. We start by keeping it simple, like getting dressed in the morning, but with a powerful processor and an integrated sensor matrix, our Powered Clothing™ is programmable, tailored to your body and lifestyle. Learn more at <a href="https://myseismic.com/">myseismic.com</a>.</li> </ul></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></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%2Ffive-technologies-2018-aging-20-optimize&amp;title=Five%20technologies%20from%202018%20Aging%202.0%C2%A0Optimize"><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/WFiEovtVcm4" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 20:43:33 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-technologies-2018-aging-20-optimize#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-technologies-2018-aging-20-optimize 2018-11-13 20:43 +00:00 2018-11-13 13:43 -07:00 3928 at https://www.ageinplacetech.com http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgingInPlaceTechnologyWatch/~3/XWVvJ02oI8Y/six-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-october-2018 Six Health and Aging Technology Blog Posts from October 2018 <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/autom%20leaves%202018.jpg" style="float:left; height:90px; margin-left:3px; margin-right:3px; width:135px" />October – autumn leaves drift down and large events gear up.</strong>  Traversing the trade show world, so much tech, so little time. And other shows await, including <a href="https://www.aging2.com/optimize-2018/">Aging 2.0 Optimize in California</a>, <a href="https://www.geron.org/meetings-events/gsa-2018-annual-scientific-meeting">GSA in Boston</a>, <a href="http://www.washingtoninnovationsummit.com/">Innovations in Longevity in DC</a> (see you at there!) all ahead in the remains of the year of 2018.  For each of the trade show events, look for startup garages and innovation sections grouped at the back or on the side of convention centers. Study the exhibit halls online if you can’t be there in person.  Show organizers want you to find new companies – and some may be the most innovative ones you encounter in the entire event.  Here are six blog posts from October 2018:</p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/what-caregiving-technology-anyway"><strong>What is Caregiving Technology, Anyway?</strong></a> A term that means what you want it to mean. </strong>It's crazy. Search for the term 'caregiving technology.' At the top of the retrieved page – an ad for <a href="https://www.clearcareonline.com/" target="_blank"><strong>ClearCare</strong></a> to help you 'improve client and employee management' – sounds like <a href="https://www.google.com/search?ei=-7G8W7fVKIffzwKquKaABw&amp;q=home+care+software+for+agencies&amp;oq=home+care+software+for+agencies&amp;gs_l=psy-ab.3.0.33i22i29i30l10.23152.24611..24722...0.0..0.116.1087.12j1......0....1..gws-wiz.......0j0i71j0i22i30.W_kt66aG_fQ" target="_blank"><strong>paid (agency) home care</strong></a>. Over at AARP, there is a long list of resources (non-tech) on the <a href="https://www.aarp.org/caregiving/local/info-2017/important-resources-for-caregivers.html" target="_blank"><strong>AARP caregiving site</strong></a> for family caregivers, who may use paid care. There’s the <a href="https://www.aarp.org/content/dam/aarp/home-and-family/personal-technology/2016/04/Caregivers-and-Technology-AARP.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>2017 AARP report</strong></a>that surveys caregivers about what they want from technology -- they are interested in but not currently using.  There’s the <a href="https://www.caregiver.org/digital-technology-family-caregiver" target="_blank"><strong>Family Caregiver Alliance report</strong></a> that lists technologies from firms, but was last updated in 2013 (perhaps the date of this FCA list).   The <a href="https://www.caregiving.org/research/technology/" target="_blank"><strong>National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC/AARP) report is dated 2014</strong></a> – and focuses on a vision for what caregiving technology should be. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/what-caregiving-technology-anyway">Read more here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-tips-launching-product-or-service-october-2018">TenTips for Launching a Product or Service – October 2018.</a> </strong>It’s 2018 and in full sprint to the year-end finish. Soon you will launch a boomer/senior, home health tech product or service, or maybe a caregiver advisory service.  As your company gets ready to travel into battle or a booth this fall with the sound of <a href="https://www.aging2.com/optimize-2018/agenda/" target="_blank"><strong>lively pitches</strong></a> all around, it is time to for you to revisit this guidance. Perhaps sometime soon, your new or existing company will officially launch a new product or service, or perhaps a long-awaited, over-described and much-anticipated offering will finally ship. First read existing<a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/search/site/innovation"><strong> content</strong></a> and <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/page/our-research"><strong>research reports</strong></a> on your particular market segment.  Look over this updated checklist that continues to hold true – with updated links and references. If necessary, refine tactics. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/ten-tips-launching-product-or-service-october-2018">Read more here</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-offerings-boston-connected-health-conference-2018">Five Offerings from the Boston Connected Health Conference 2018. </a> </strong><strong>Held each year – but has much changed? </strong>The <a href="https://www.connectedhealthconf.org/boston/2017/news/evolution-connected-health-conference" target="_blank"><strong>Connected Health Conference</strong></a> is still a <a href="https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/aetnas-new-app-telehealth-debate-and-more-news-and-views-chc-2018" target="_blank"><strong>Health IT conference,</strong></a> owned by HIMSS, spruced up by the pre-conference Voice Health <a href="https://www.connectedhealthconf.org/boston/2018/VOICE.HEALTH-Summit" target="_blank"><strong>summit</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.pchalliance.org/" target="_blank"><strong>task forces</strong></a>, and even onstage singing by <a href="https://www.voice.health/agenda/2018/10/17/break-1" target="_blank"><strong>health tech folk</strong></a> that may wish they were in show business. There were more sessions acknowledging <a href="https://ww3.aievolution.com/pch1801/index.cfm?do=ev.viewEv&amp;ev=1018" target="_blank"><strong>caregiving</strong></a> and <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/technology-category-cannot-be-spoken-aloud-serving-older-adults"><strong>even acknowledging aging adults</strong></a> -- as well as gnashing of teeth about <a href="https://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/cityblock-ceo-says-technology-can-stitch-together-broken-health-ecosystem" target="_blank"><strong>non-adoption of technology in healthcare</strong></a>. But many attendees (also exhibitors) seem still to be circling the health care universe from the vantage point of the IT buyer -- health IT consulting, tech vendors seeking health IT customers. And vendors trying to nurture innovation, tackling one not-so-integrated healthcare and engagement process at a time.  New offerings appearing at this event include (material is from the company sites<strong>). <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-offerings-boston-connected-health-conference-2018">Read more here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/help-yelp-serve-families-information-about-nursing-homes"><strong>Help Yelp Serve Families with Information about Nursing Homes.</strong></a> </strong><strong>Consider CMS Five Star Rating system and how it ‘serves’ families.  Rant on.</strong>  No doubt you know someone who was baffled at how a terrible nursing home gets a 4 or 5 star rating from CMS’s <a href="https://www.cms.gov/medicare/provider-enrollment-and-certification/certificationandcomplianc/fsqrs.html" target="_blank"><strong>Five Star Rating System</strong></a>, while a good one can appear to have a lower rating, applied from an inspection before management overhaul several years earlier.  Why, you ask? Indeed.  <a href="https://www.senioradvisor.com/blog/2016/01/nursinghomecompare-reasons-you-shouldnt-use-medicares-5-star-rating-system/" target="_blank"><strong>Others have asked as well</strong></a> – noting the obvious missing link, family satisfaction with the nursing home, including dealing with the staff. For starters. Retiring outdated information, next.  <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/help-yelp-serve-families-information-about-nursing-homes">Read more here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/voice-first-and-health-what-s-notable-and-not-so-much"><strong>Voice First and Health – What’s Notable and Not So Much?</strong></a></strong><strong> You probably knew this – that 2018 was the year of voice tech and healthcare.  </strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-tech-aging-and-health-blog-posts-july-2018"><strong>Summits were held</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.connectedhealthconf.org/boston/2018/VOICE.HEALTH-Summit" target="_blank"><strong>experts have declared</strong></a>, <a href="https://www.aarp.org/home-family/personal-technology/info-2018/isolation-loneliness-technology-help.html" target="_blank"><strong>pilots</strong></a>were piloted, <a href="http://www.commonwealthcarealliance.org/news/2018/june-2018/cca-partnership-to-create-connected-home-environm" target="_blank"><strong>partnerships formed</strong></a>, <a href="https://hbr.org/2018/03/what-will-health-care-look-like-once-smart-speakers-are-everywhere" target="_blank"><strong>enthusiasm reigned</strong></a>, and <a href="https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/why-2018-year-voice-tech-healthcare" target="_blank"><strong>so it has gone</strong></a>. As for 2019, according to Sara Holoubek, CEO of <a href="https://www.luminary-labs.com/lab-report/" target="_blank"><strong>Luminary Labs</strong></a>, "expect a proliferation of bad voice experiences."  C​onsider the <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/06/the-3-reasons-the-us-healthcare-system-is-the-worst/563519/" target="_blank"><strong>healthcare experiences</strong></a> we have endured – it’s a good time to consider a new way to interact with the health system. From a technology perspective, what is each players doing to help us use our voice to have a better health and patient engagement <a href="https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20170530/SPONSORED/170539998" target="_blank"><strong>experience</strong></a>?   Are any of these initiatives tuned to the needs of older adults? <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/voice-first-and-health-what-s-notable-and-not-so-much">Read more here.</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-new-technologies-leadingage-philadelphia-2018">Five New Technologies from Leading Age Philadelphia 2018</a></strong>. From AAHSA<strong> to </strong>LeadingAge<strong>.  </strong>In 2010, this association was <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/aahsa-2009-wide-windows-bright-idea-house-same-old-industry">renamed LeadingAge</a> – from the Association of Homes and Services for the Aging – a mouthful, shortened to AAHSA. As it was <a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/aahsa-2009-wide-windows-bright-idea-house-same-old-industry">at first encounter</a> in 2009, it is an association of faith-based and non-profit senior living and aging-related services. A rhetorical question, does LeadingAge, the association and event organizer, lead in the world of aging services?  Or is it dragged into the future, one which older adults do not necessarily want – and also <a href="https://www.thestreet.com/personal-finance/average-net-worth-by-age-14730772">cannot afford</a>?  From the 2016 event, attended by 6500, attendance had shrunk from 2009’s attending 9000. Meanwhile, the ‘aging in place’ concept is a reality for most older people. A <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/howardgleckman/2018/05/04/a-new-snapshot-of-older-adults-in-the-us/#4ee81fb139d7">small percent live in nursing homes</a>. Most don’t move to senior living communities, which have been overbuilt in recent years -- and today are <a href="https://seniorhousingnews.com/2018/04/12/assisted-living-occupancy-drops-record-low-85-7/">only 86% occupied</a>. <strong><a href="https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/five-new-technologies-leadingage-philadelphia-2018">Read more here.</a></strong></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/mhealth-digital-health-telehealth-voice-health">mHealth-Digital Health-Telehealth-Voice Health</a>, <a href="/category/category-tags/voice-firstai-technology">Voice First/AI technology</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_15"> <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-october-2018&amp;title=Six%20Health%20and%20Aging%20Technology%20Blog%20Posts%20from%20October%202018"><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/XWVvJ02oI8Y" height="1" width="1" alt=""/> Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:00:52 Z Laurie Orlov https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-october-2018#comments https://www.ageinplacetech.com/blog/six-health-and-aging-technology-blog-posts-october-2018 2018-11-08 14:00 +00:00 2018-11-08 07:00 -07:00