Articles on "Technology for Seniors"

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 […]

June 12, 2012 4:10 pm

Competition Announced To Introduce Emerging Products to the Aging Care Continuum

The First Annual LTC “LINK-TANK” is an important new competition that focuses on solving market challenges for Long Term Care and Senior Living Providers who serve the fast growing aging population living independently in congregate care settings. The LINK-Tank is sponsored by the International Center for Long Term Care Innovation (InnovateLTC) and the LTC LINK Conference. Lincoln Healthcare strives to positively impact the quality and effectiveness of the U.S. Healthcare System by delivering valuable conferences and communities across the continuum […]

March 12, 2012 2:41 pm

High-Tech Music Therapy Delivers Results in Retirement Community

Residents respond quickly to personalized iPod playlists and laser beam music technology Bethany Village has seen surprisingly rapid and positive results through two new high-tech music therapies for residents in assisted living and skilled nursing at the continuing care retirement community. One program has put 48 iPods and personalized playlists into the hands (and ears) of residents age 85 to 97. Another tool, Beamz, lets residents create music by interacting with laser beams, offering a unique and motivating type of […]

MIT Engineers Create “Old Age Suit” – Video
February 22, 2012 5:42 pm

MIT Engineers Create “Old Age Suit” – Video

AGNES (Age Gain Now Empathy System) Overview AGNES is a suit worn by students, product developers, designers, engineers, marketing, planners, architects, packaging engineers, and others to better understand the physical challenges associated with aging. Developed by AgeLab researchers and students, AGNES has been calibrated to approximate the motor, visual, flexibility, dexterity and strength of a person in their mid-70s. AGNES has been used in retail, public transportation, home, community, automobile, workplace and other environments.    A Closer Look Knee and […]

January 30, 2012 9:48 pm

Thoughts on Aging Technology from the Consumer Electronic Show (CES)

Every year thousands gather in Las Vegas to get a glimpse at the newest technology products and ideas.  In a sea of flat screen televisions and gadgets for geeks there are quite of few products and companies that are focusing on health care, aging and disability technology.  Below are a few links to so articles and blog posts that will give you an idea of what you missed if you weren’t at CES! Silvers Summit/ Digital Health 2012 – Louis […]