Articles on "Technology for Seniors"

March 14, 2014 6:55 pm

Boomers and Password Security

A recent Harris Interactive survey on e-commerce and passwords showed that Baby Boomers were disproportionately af­fected by online pass­word difficulties. Nineteen percent of online U.S. adults between ages 55-64 had given up on a purchase from an e-commerce Web site because they forgot a username or password. The password difficulties were not limited to e-com­merce sites. More than 80 percent of U.S. adults between ages 55-64 who use the Internet have forgotten a password, and 54 percent have had to [...]

February 20, 2013 1:30 pm

Organizational Partners Sought to Research Boomer/Senior Attitudes

As Baby Boomers and seniors become more wired, leading mature marketing agency Creating Results (www.creatingresults.com) is updating its national research project, Social, Silver Surfers, which examined the attitudes of older users towards websites and social media. Social, Silver Surfers research was first conducted in 2010. The findings and related action items were captured in an eBook that has been downloaded hundreds of times by those marketing to 40+ consumers. Participants included residents and homeowners at some of the nation’s leading [...]

November 13, 2012 7:49 pm

Silvers Summit at the 2013 Consumer Electronic Show CES® Preview

Offers Inspiring,Game-Changing Innovators Serving Baby Boomers and Seniors Google’s Vinton Cerf Featured Keynote Silvers Summit at the 2013 International CES® is upping the game in 2013, bringing to the world stage the most exciting technology for the 50+ market. Attendees will be inspired by innovations designed to entertain, engage and connect boomers and seniors in their everyday lives. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2013 CES is scheduled January 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Produced by [...]

October 3, 2012 6:42 pm

National Tour To Educate Seniors About Mobile Technology

Coming soon to a retirement community near you, the AT&T* Reconnect Tour, in alliance with Senior TechRALLY™, will begin a 15-city jaunt across the country offering tech newcomers a fresh  perspective on smartphones, tablets and wireless technology overall. The Tour kicked off in Minneapolis and Laguna, CA, on Sept. 20 and will conclude in Tampa and Atlanta on Dec. 20. To learn more, visit www.SeniorTechRally.com. Now in  its second year, the AT&T Reconnect Tour is the most interactive  mobile tech [...]

September 24, 2012 6:57 pm

Researchers Examine Older Adults’ Willingness to Accept Help From Robots

Most older adults prefer to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes as they age, and robotic technology can help make this a reality. Robots can assist with a variety of everyday living tasks, but limited research exists on seniors’ attitudes toward and acceptance of robots as caregivers and aides. Human factors/ergonomics researchers investigated older adults’ willingness to receive robot assistance that allows them to age in place, and will present their findings at the upcoming HFES 56th [...]

September 17, 2012 8:20 pm

University Explores Use of Robots to Aid Recovery from Stroke

Researchers in robotics and communication disorders at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have teamed up to explore whether a personal humanoid robot may help people recovering from stroke by delivering therapy such as word-retrieval games and arm movement tasks in an enjoyable and engaging way. Speech language pathologist Yu-kyong Choe recently won a two-year, $109,251 grant from the American Heart Association to investigate the effect of stroke rehabilitation delivered by a humanoid robot, a child-sized unit with arms and a [...]

August 21, 2012 8:58 pm

New Science Fiction Film Features “Elder Care Robot”

In the new science fiction film Frank & Me Frank, a retired cat burglar, has two grown kids who are concerned he can no longer live alone. They are tempted to place him in a nursing home until Frank’s son chooses a different option: against the old man’s wishes, he buys Frank a walking, talking humanoid robot programmed to improve his physical and mental health. What follows is an often hilarious and somewhat heartbreaking story about finding friends and family [...]

August 6, 2012 7:04 pm

13 case studies on electronic health record evaluation and implementation now available

CAST Provides Case Studies on Selecting and Implementing EHR Products Case Studies Complement LeadingAge’s Existing Portfolio of Online Tools  LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) today released 13 case studies on electronic health record (EHR) evaluation and implementation:  http://leadingage.org/uploadedFiles/Content/About/CAST/Resources/CAST_EHR_Case_Studies-2012.pdf These case studies join a series of free CAST tools to aid selection of EHR products, which also includes a whitepaper http://www.leadingage.org/CAST_Releases_Online_EHR_Tool.aspx, a matrix that compares long-term and post-acute care EHRs http://www.leadingage.org/uploadedFiles/Content/About/CAST/Resources/EHR_Matrix_2012.pdf and online selection tool http://www.leadingage.org/ehr/search.aspx  “Electronic Health Record [...]

July 9, 2012 3:11 pm

Old Age Suit Helps Medical Students Understand Aging

The Age Man Suit, developed by German scientists, is designed to make future doctors aware of older people’s needs Consisting of ear-protectors that stifle hearing, a yellow visor that blurs eyesight and makes it hard to distinguish colours, knee and elbow pads which stiffen the joints, a Kevlar-jacket-style vest which presses uncomfortably against my chest, and padded gloves, the Age Man Suit, which weighs around 10kg, has been custom-made to simulate the physical consequences of old age. I have not [...]

July 2, 2012 12:53 pm

Venture Capital Shys Away from Aging Businesses

Although everyone is familiar with aging demographics, it appears that venture capital funding sources can be reluctant to jump into ventures that are targeting the aging demographic.  The recent TechCircle article, Baby boomer market is from cradle to grave, reveals that it can be challenging to convince these funding sources that aging services represent the next wave of business opportunities. In fact, AARP is putting money into strategic event sponsorships, like paying for the wireless internet service at the National [...]