Tech Support for Growing Older: How to better understand the potential, hype and future of aging in a digital world

Tech Support for Growing Older: How to better understand the potential, hype and future of aging in a digital world

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Doors open at 5:30pm

Rhoda Goldman Plaza
2180 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
Fully Accessible

TAKEAWAYS

At February’s Forum at the Rhoda Goldman Plaza in SF, we addressed:

  • How assistive and consumer technology are merging, in everything from hearing aids to smart speakers
  • How the internet has become a great benefit, but also a new tool for fraud, especially for older adults
  • How digital commerce platforms, such as Uber, Amazon, and Instacart, are changing how and where people are able to age in place
  • How robots and artificial intelligence are changing work and leisure for older adults

WE LEARNED

The convergence of Health Tech and Consumer Tech will continue. One of the latest examples are hearing aids. They are becoming the ‘Apple Watch’ in the ear. At the same time we have moved from open to closed platforms – they do not talk to each other and it forces the consumer to commit to one platform. The innovation interest in this field is often ‘unbridled’ by standards and methodology and demands consumer vigilance.

There is now a nearly unlimited amount of data that can be collected in the home. It is a challenge to figure out how to interpret this data in a meaningful and effective way in healthcare delivery – f.ex. what does it mean when the sensor reports that a person does not open the fridge until noon – is it just because they are reading a good book and staying in bed or have they have fallen and cannot get up?

It is a challenge to adapt software applications to changing needs. Most people acquire multiple disabilities during the aging process. Healthcare policies are slowly changing and providers are starting to be reimbursed for technology as part of healthcare delivery (telehealth and beyond).

Thank you to our amazing speakers:

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