As more and more older adults seek to age in place and remain in their homes, caregivers are left to wonder how technology can play a role in allowing seniors to retain their independence in a safe way.
An upcoming seminar series is working to explore how aging and technology can mix and also evaluate a number of services and products that may provide the autonomy seniors desire as well as the peace of mind caregivers need.
The virtual series – entitled “Technologies for Aging in Place” – will highlight a number of relevant topics for three key audiences:
- Older adults wishing to age in place
- Family and friends who want to support a senior aging in place
- Caregivers of older adults who want to improve safety and quality of life for a loved one
Upcoming sessions and dates include:
- Tuesday, March 15 – “The Right Tools to Minimize Isolation & Loneliness”
- Tuesday, March 29 – “Which Medical Alert? And Who Needs One?”
- Tuesday, April 12 – “Smart Home Features for a Better / Safer Life”
- Tuesday, April 26 – “Tools to Help Avoid Medication Adherence Problems”
All sessions will last 90 minutes and will start at 3 p.m. CST, and each session will include a lecture and a chance to ask questions. The cost is $69, which will include access to all four remaining sessions and access to a recording of the March 1 session, entitled “Tools and Tech for Aging in Place: Overview.”
Paid attendees can also access an online forum to ask questions to the experts after the event, and all participants will be able to view other questions and answers to help caregivers and seniors learn from the experience of others.
The seminar is hosted by Tech-enhanced Life, a corporation seeking to “improve the quality of life of older adults and their families” by exploring how technology can benefit the aging process.
“We believe that there is huge potential for development of clever new products and services that will greatly improve the quality of life of all of us as we age,” the company states on its website. “Unfortunately, all too often the people who understand the problems, and the people who could solve those problems, inhabit different worlds. We want to bring these groups together and work collaboratively to identify and/or help create new solutions to the challenge of living longer, with higher functionality—at costs that are affordable to individuals and to nations.”
The seminar will feature lectures from Richard Caro, PhD, co-founder of Tech-enhanced Life, and Frank Engelman, a retired engineer and smart home DIY expert.
Register for the seminar series online, or view more information about the series and upcoming sessions. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link ahead of each seminar session start time.