Older Adults Ideating, Evaluating, Exploring

LongevityExplorersLogov1Over at Tech-enhanced Life, we just published the results from the first 18 months of our novel Longevity Explorer community.

The writeup describes our explorer community successfully exploring unmet needs; doing comparative product evaluations; and ideating and brainstorming.

Almost 200 older adults (70-95 yrs old) have taken part in the face to face interactions, with many more viewing the results online.

It has been a very rich experience, and couldn’t be more different than the depressing stereotype of older adults that is propagated by the mainstream media.

I called the article I wrote “Longevity Explorers Roll Up their Sleeves”.

Read the entire article (on Tech-enhanced Life) here.

New Technology for Older Adults: Interview

KALWSan Francisco radio station KALW recently aired this short interview with me, on New Technology for Older Adults.

You can listen to it here:
http://kalw.org/post/interview-richard-caro-new-technology-aging-adults

Keeping Aging Parents Safe

RGC 5Mary Hulme and I gave a talk last week about our eBook on Activity-tracking Home Sensor Systems at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. You can listen and watch it below. And if you read on you can see how to get a free copy Jan 12/13th if you wish. [Read more…]

Activity-tracking Sensor System: Older Adults Home Alone

ATHSS_cover1_webMary Hulme (a geriatric consultant and dementia care specialist) and I just published a non-fiction e-Book (on “Activity-tracking Home Sensor Systems“). If you are at all interested in the topic, we would love it if you would check it out.🙂 We did a lot of research on this new class of products, that are designed to go in the home of a senior who lives by his/herself and help keep them safe. We think of this as the home that watches over your parent. We learned a lot about which products work, which ones don’t, and most importantly which ones work best for specific life circumstances. We decided this might be useful for others in our situation, and wanted to make this information (which took a lot of work to collect) available for others. In brief, we found there are a lot of these products and they all seem quite similar at first glance, but that in fact they vary quite a bit, with some being suitable for certain situations, and other life situations needing quite different products. [Read more…]

Novel co-creation community: Longevity Collective

Cocreation groupI am going to be giving a talk on the progress we have made on our co-creation community focused on improving the quality of life as we age on Sept 25th in San Francisco. Here are some details. It’s open to the public so come along if you are interested. [Read more…]

Co-creation and aging

Last month I gave a talk on co-creation and the future of aging at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. You can view the entire talk below.

It’s about the intersection of several megatrends:

  • the rapid growth in the elderly in most countries over the coming decades;
  • the sad fact that society is ignoring a large talented pool of individuals who are 65 and older and have lots to contribute but who are all too often excluded from the workforce;
  • the rise of the crowd as a way to tackle societal challenges; and
  • the striking lack of high tech solutions to the many challenges of aging.

Hope you find it interesting.

Co-creating the future of aging from Richard Caro on Vimeo.

What do seniors worry about?

What seniors worry aboutOver at Tech-enhanced Life we are trying to build a co-creation community to improve the quality of life of us all as we age. And help the families of seniors “worry less”. We think the place to start is by understanding the challenges seniors face. In a series of interviews and survey questions we have been talking to the 70+ age group about what “worries them” and what “bothers them” most about aging.

I just wrote a brief post about this and linked to a presentation of the results of some surveys we did. You can see the whole post, and view the presentation here:

Mentoring Lean healthcare startups @ UCSF. Fascinating.

I am a mentor at present in Steve Blanks course at UCSF on lean startup methodology for healthcare startups. It’s fascinating to see the methodology being deployed simultaneously across a whole cohort of startups.

The main takeaway is just how rapidly the “get out of the building” approach leads to important insights by the entrepreneur. The second takeaway for me is that this cohort approach, including a lot of learning from peers, works extremely well. [Read more…]

Financial abuse of seniors. Perception and reality diverge?

Published an article this week at Techenhanced Life about financial fraud of seniors, and a survey we ran recently that showed most seniors don’t perceive this to be an issue that worries them.

Read it here.

Solving the problem of falling in the shower for the elderly

showerOver at Tech-enhanced Life we are having an interesting virtual brainstorming session on ways to solve a particular scary problem that faces some of the elderly. We could use inputs from some more creative thinkers, or people looking for some new and promising products for the elderly.

I describe the problem below. You can join the discussion here (you need to join Tech-enhanced Life but it is free).

Join the discussion at Tech-enhanced Life: [Read more…]

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