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Using a ‘Nanny Cam’ to Safeguard My Mother’s Health

CCTV cameras

CCTV camerasA couple of years ago, I attended a talk at The Oxford Institute of Population Ageing on “Speculative Design.” A colleague who worked in the area of digital health walked us through the sorts of products the pharmaceutical sector was developing to help older people manage their medical needs without having to visit a doctor.

As I sat through my colleague’s presentation, I kept envisioning my own mother – then 86 – trying to grapple with the remotely activated medicine dispenser he was describing. It lit up in different hues to cue the patient when it was time for new meds.

My own mother grew up during the Depression. Electricity remains a rather novel concept for her, let alone anything digitised. “No way,” I thought to myself at the time. “Not my mother.”

Little did I know then that two years later, the very sort of “aging in place” technology my colleague was describing would enable my family  to guarantee the safety of my mother in her home.

Read the rest of this blog over on the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing…

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The Burgeoning Silver Economy

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online shopppingSometimes it takes a while for a message to sink in. Consider the following:  I’m a visiting fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. I blog about how to live productive and meaningful second half of life. I regularly attend conferences about longevity. And yet, it wasn’t until – shortly before Christmas –  I found myself watching a parade of innovators present three-minute pitches on products for the over-50 market that it dawned on me:  as a 53-year-old, I am the demographic they are trying to reach.

The setting was Zinc, a London-based incubator that seeks to solve the world’s most pressing social problems at scale. This year’s mission, Zinc 3,  supports products and services that add five more years of high quality to later life. I’m one of a number of fellows for Zinc 3, there to offer advice and help these projects come to fruition.

The products featured at the December event – all of which are still in the development phase – tackled topics ranging from menopause to hearing loss to job skills and beyond. While not all of them struck a chord with me, I was surprised by how many of them did. And if they weren’t quite right for me, I could definitely see their appeal for friends and family.

Read the rest of this post over on the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing blog

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