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computer keyboard stethoscopeWith Fewer Family Caregivers, What’s the (Tech-Enabled) Plan? Multiple robotics initiatives involving personal care have all failed… Family caregivers benefit from access to tools within software platforms (offered through provider organizations), but themselves are unlikely to buy them. Tech-enabled home care was a venture capital bust — but imagine, turning to one failure and giving them more money to manage tech for the rest… – Aging In Place Technology Watch

senior using a laptopMore Reasons to Get Tech Savvy Learning new technologies can be daunting, and at times may seem like more trouble than it’s worth. But as members of the Baby Boomer generation reach retirement age, there are plenty of good reasons to make sure they’re up to date on the latest technology. – Senior Planet

Amazon EchoAlexa? How Voice-First Technology Helps Older Adults Old folks just don’t like technology. That’s been the conventional wisdom for years, particularly as smartphones became a hub of daily life. Slick handheld devices were seen as too expensive and complicated for them. But Davis Park is a big believer that innovations in what’s known as voice-first technology — best exemplified by smart speakers such as Amazon Echo and its voice, Alexa — could make a big difference in letting older adults age in place and avoid social isolation. – Next Avenue

Virtual VillageVirtual village gives seniors what they need to stay in their homes TrueNeighbors Village is not defined so much by geography but by the needs and wants of the older adults who become members. The goal is to help keep people in their own homes as they age by providing an easily accessed network of activities and services. – The Orange County Register

Innovating technology for the needs and health of eldersInnovating technology for the needs and health of elders (video) There’s a multi-billion-dollar market that has been largely overlooked by Silicon Valley. But a new wave of tech startups have begun developing products for seniors and their caregivers, from redesigning canes and pillboxes, to a web-based app that helps keep an eye on elderly relatives. – PBS

Assistive Technology Helps People Age in PlaceAssistive Technology Helps People Age in Place For many seniors, assistive technology makes the difference between being able to live independently and having to get long-term nursing or home health care. For others, it’s critical to the ability to perform simple activities of daily living, like bathing and going to the bathroom. Many of those who use some form of assistive technology find they are able to reduce their dependence on others and continue to live independently.— Next Avenue

Nielsen Finds Older Adults Are Embracing Digital VideoNielsen Finds Older Adults Are Embracing Digital Video People 50 to 64 years old watched an average of 19 minutes a day of digital video during the second quarter of 2014, up from 11 minutes a day during the same period last year, according to a Nielsen report being released on Monday. — New York Times

American retirees use virtual retirement networks to stay supported videoAmerican retirees use virtual retirement networks to stay supported (video) It’s a fact of American life, the baby boomer generation, born right after World War Two, is hitting retirement age.  And it’s putting resources to the test. But that generation armed with technology and knowledge of a shared economy, is coming up with innovative ideas to maintain their independence.— CCTV.com 

head shot Laurie OrlovAbout Aging in Place Technology  Laurie M. Orlov, a tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch — market research that provides thought leadership, analysis, and guidance about technologies and services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. – Aging in Place Technology Watch

MABU Personal Health CompanionIntroducing the Mabu Personal Healthcare Companion (video) Mabu the personal healthcare companion is the face of Catalia Health’s platform for patient engagement. She’s designed to help patients with the myriad challenges of chronic disease management and will be first rolled out this year to help a particular group of patients manage the medication portion of their treatment. – Catalia Health

mother & daughter with gradPadTablet for Seniors The essential apps and services on the GrandPad eliminate the clutter, distractions, and complications of other devices. This simple tablet for seniors enables users to view family photos and videos, call loved ones, send voice emails, play classic games, and listen to their favorite tunes with the touch of a button to instantly start making and sharing memories.— GrandPad.net

Tech Tools in aging in JapanTools in aging Japan: Robotic spines & Segway-like stools While so much consumer technology caters to the needs, wants and whims of the young, Japanese companies are exploring ways tech can aid the old. They include devices that enable retirees to maintain their independence by helping them move around the home or performing chores. Some even see the creation of humanoid robots — a dream actively pursued by many Japanese engineers — as a way to care for the elderly, providing artificial household servants. — San Francisco Chronical

cyberseniors logo Cyber Seniors Documentary (film) A humorous and heartwarming feature documentary, CYBER-SENIORS adds to the important international conversation about the growing generation gap. Focusing on a group of senior citizens who take their first steps into cyber-space under the tutelage of teenage mentors, the film expertly renders a thought-provoking look at a spirited group of men and women who are enriched by digitally re-connecting with their families and each other. Finding their footing rather quickly, the group moves on to compete for the most YouTube views while swiftly building their online inventory of friends.—Cyber Seniors