Living in the heart of Silicon Valley gives me access to the latest technology, so I’m not easily awed by new products, services, gizmos and apps. But I was curious about the most recent tech conference sponsored by Aging 2.0, an organization that “supports innovators taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging.”
Since 2012, Aging 2.0 has sponsored more than 500 events and most recently paired with Avenidas Generations Lab, an offshoot of a forward-looking senior center that is working to reinvent aging, writes Francine Toder for nextavenue.org
There were the usual lectures focused on the latest and greatest ideas to make our lives easier. Dennis Boyle gave the keynote talk. He is a founding member of the product design company IDEO which gives serious attention to the needs of older adults. He also teaches in the “d” (design) school at Stanford University. His gray-haired presence set the tone: more openness to what we end-users think.
For example, GoGoGrandparent is the brainchild of a twenty-something (Justin Boogaard) who lived with his eighty-something grandmother who no longer drives. He told me that in this age of using Uber and Lyft to get around, the user needs to be comfortable with a smart phone. But not everyone has one, or can easily use its features.
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