Mary 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…]
Over 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: