Technology for Aging in Place

October 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm 2 comments

The other week I had the pleasure of presenting with Esther Greenhouse, an environmental gerontologist, on technology for Aging-in-Place at the 2012 Remodeling Show in Baltimore. Esther discussed the societal drivers and demographics that prompt the need for, as well as the obstacles to, aging-in-place. She also reviewed the rationale and solutions for enabling technology for seniors in relation to sensory changes, which occur with age.

This set the stage for the second part of the presentation, in which I provided an overview of the ‘players in the game’ (Occupational Therapists and Electronic Systems Contractors), as well as the technology options. According to the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), there are three main categories of technology for aging-in-place. Here is a categorized list of some of the technology options reviewed during the presentation:

1-Safety technologies

2-Health and wellness technologies

3-Social connectedness technologies

  • Discussed how many of the products are including the ability to stay socially connected, including a few listed above.

So what’s next? More mobile access with an app for that! Not only do we want to be able to control our homes and our health, we want to be able to control it wherever and whenever, and with our favorite mobile device. We are already seeing a boom in apps for mobile devices; this is just the beginning with the market projected to continue to grow exponentially. Are you currently using any mobile apps to control your home or your health? Are you using any of the above technology? If so, what do you think of the available technology for aging-in-place?

Check out these resources for more information:

A. American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)

B. Certified Aging in Place Specialists, Universal Design, Gerontology

C. Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST)

D. Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

E. Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA)

F. Design for Lifetime PBS series

G. Home Technology Alliance (NAHB and CEDIA)

H. Independent for Life, Cisneros book

I. Lori Orlov’s Aging in Place Tech blog

J. Remodeling & Home Technologies Council (NARI and CEDIA)

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. GrandCare Systems  |  November 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for the mention! An additional resource includes the Aging Technology Alliance: – – if you will be at CES 2013, please make sure to stop in the Digital Health Pavilion and the Silvers Summit on the show floor…there we will be showcasing the latest and greatest in digital home health technology. The Digital Health Summit is also a 2 day presentation packed educational forum. Be sure to stop in and check it out – at the LVCC South Hall!!
    Thanks again for the informative post!!!

    • 2. EmpowerAbility  |  November 2, 2012 at 6:59 am

      You are very welcome for the mention and thank you very much for the added resources and information!


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