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Tech Talk: Older-adult input needed for new tech-10688

Tech Talk: Older-adult input needed for new tech

A new report, "The User Experience Needs an Upgrade -- May 2024," from Laurie Orlov's Aging and Health Technology Watch notes that the user experience is deteriorating. As Boomers age into their 80s over the next few years, their dependency on tech access will grow -- especially for services that are no longer in-person experiences. These include financial management, healthcare access, social networks and more. Most 65+ individuals today own smartphones in addition to other tech tools. However, the management of those tools may seem more complicated, and not designed with them in mind.



Generational AI targets aging populations-10678

Generational AI targets aging populations

Based on discussions with leaders in equity, AI, and aging, and additional research, "Generational AI: Digital inclusion for aging populations," recently published by the Atlantic Council/GeoTech Center, outlines the unique considerations for older adults within the AI lifecycle, barriers to digital inclusion that older adults experience regarding AI and suggested near- and long-term solutions to advance digital inclusion and mitigate biases against older adults, while supporting practical AI innovation, AI policy, and healthy aging. It's a fascinating read for context on why and how older adults need to be involved in AI development.



Overcoming hurdles to dementia diagnoses-10670

Overcoming hurdles to dementia diagnoses

A new white paper from healthcare data and consulting agency ECRI identifies challenges related to dementia diagnosis, with a focus on the roles of clinicians, patients, and caregivers. Importantly, it also offers actionable recommendations to address these challenges. It's a must-read for assisted living and dementia care staff and others who regularly engage with adults with cognitive impairment.



Lowering middle-market barriers to smart home ownership-10662

Lowering middle-market barriers to smart home ownership

Research in a new Parks Associates' white paper, "Middle Market: Lowering Barriers to the Smart Home," reveals an ongoing shift in the smart home as more mainstream US consumers adopt devices including video doorbells, smart cameras, and smart locks. This middle-market segment, part of the "early majority" in the US mass market, represents 37% of all smart home adopter households. Active-aging organizations can get on board by offering these technologies in their communities.


Market segments

Staffing key concern for senior living-10656

Staffing key concern for senior living

LifeLoop's fifth annual industry report reveals key trends in senior living's technology adoption with the aim of addressing challenges and priorities across resident life and community operations. The survey-driven report demonstrates that senior living operators are feeling more confident delivering quality resident experiences. LifeLoop experts are seeing a notable shift toward technology implementations that can solve essential operational challenges in staff recruitment and retention, resident and family satisfaction, and market differentiation.


Industry development

Stats: Unprocessed food consumption curbs MCI risk by 12%-10650

Stats: Unprocessed food consumption curbs MCI risk by 12%

People who consumer more ultra-processed foods like soft drinks, chips and cookies may have a higher risk of having memory and thinking problems and having a stroke than those who eat fewer processed foods, according to a recent study. The study does not prove that eating ultra-processed foods causes memory and thinking problems and stroke -- it shows an association. However, it offers one more reason to ensure that such foods are not included on the menu or continuously available as snacks in active-aging communities.


Cognitive health

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