“NANA” TECHNOLOGY™ COMPETITION AT GEORGE MASON WILL HIGHLIGHT BEST NEW PRODUCTS FOR OLDER ADULTS
Judging for the Mature Market Resource Center’s second annual New Product and Technology Awards®–which recognizes innovative products and services for older adults and their families—will be held on Friday afternoon October 8, 2010, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Fairfax Campus of George Mason University – Student Union Building I, Third Floor, Room B, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.
The George Mason University Program in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration will serve as host for the competition. The program offers the first academic curricula in the nation dedicated exclusively to the senior housing and care industry.
This year’s competition features more than 20 entry categories, including internet and computer technologies; monitoring/detection devices; prevention/health maintenance products and services; housing and design; safety products; fitness/recreation/hobbies and more. A complete list of categories together with entry details can be found on the official awards program web site: www.agingawards.com.
Entries will be available for media preview Friday morning, October 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. Judging will begin at noon, and members of the media may stay throughout the afternoon to interview judges and discuss the entries.
Judges include representatives from AARP, the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), The Guide To Retirement Living, the Virginia Telehealth Network, and Mason faculty, including Andrew Carle, director of the Assisted Living/Senior Housing Program, who coined the term “Nana” Technology in 2004 to describe microchip-based technologies for older adults. As part of the competition, the program will be reviewing entries for special recognition as best “Nana” Technology™ recipients.
National sponsors of the 2010 competition include the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and its Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST); George Mason University’s Program in Assisted Living/Senior Housing Administration and American Custom Publishing.