editor's blog

Urging old people into smaller homes 'may backfire'

The International Longevity Centre report said more should be done to make retirement housing "aspirational." A lack of desirable retirement housing meant older people downsizing might end up chasing the same properties as first-time buyers, it added. But critics said different generations had different housing priorities. Read more on the following link.

Assistive Technologies That Help Elderly Seniors Stay at Home

Helping an aging parent remain independent and living in their own home has become a little easier in recent years, thanks to a host of new and improved assistive technology products. Here are some top-rated options you should know about. (read more in the following Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-t-miller/assistive-technologies_b_3260142.html)

Video conferencing is made easier for seniors

Kelly Ilnicki is very close to her 89-year-old grandmother, who until recently lived alone in a home hundreds of miles away in Oceanside, near San Diego.

Three or four times a day, Ilnicki, a resident of Redwood City in Silicon Valley, talks to her grandmother via VideoCare, a video-conferencing system for seniors and their extended families and caregivers that was developed by a startup of the same name.

When the paramedics arrived, Ilnicki was able to explain via VideoCare what had happened, as well as discuss what medication her grandmother was on.

Join our INNOVAge webinar!

As knowledge partner in the INNOVAge project, TNO explored the implementation of telecare technology in three regions in the Netherlands. Aim of the research was to introduce a tool for the mapping of telecare technology transfer in an innovation system as a whole and assess its usability by mapping drivers and barriers as experienced in the transfer of a well-known telecare technology. The webinar will be hold on June 25th 2013, from 11.00-12.00 o’clock, with no costs.

ICTechnolage. Study on business and financing models related to ICT for Ageing well

“ICT for ageing well” is often neglected by investors. Indeed, it is commonly perceived that business and financing models in this area are unsustainable and unprofitable. This project aims to show that ICT for ageing well is an area worth concentrating funds on, and that it is capable of generating a return on investment. To do this, the Study will look to achieve the following 3 objectives:

USEFIL project. Unobstrusive Smart Environments for Indepedent Living

USEFIL intends to use low cost "off-the-shelf" technology to develop immediately applicable services that will assist the elderly in maintaining their independence and daily activities. Installation of the USEFIL system will not require retrofitting in a person’s residence and will be almost invisible once installed.