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Jack York talks technology, aging and dementia

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"There is a lot to be cynical about and perhaps even to fear with technology," states Jack York, BS, president and cofounder of It's Never 2 Late (iN2L), a Colorado-based company that helps older adults realize the full benefits of engagement technology. "If we slow down and take a deep breath, it is stunning how different our world has become in a few short years. But I've been involved in technology and aging for almost 20 years," York says, "and I believe the tech tools at our fingertips today are transforming this area in ways more positive than negative." Enriched with client feedback, iN2L works to ensure that technology to engage residents includes people living with dementia. "It's fascinating to see the outcomes, and the possibilities," York shares. "And it's often not that complicated."

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Jack York talks technology, aging and dementia

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"There is a lot to be cynical about and perhaps even to fear with technology," states Jack York, BS, president and cofounder of It's Never 2 Late (iN2L), a Colorado-based company that helps older adults realize the full benefits of engagement technology. "If we slow down and take a deep breath, it is stunning how different our world has become in a few short years. But I've been involved in technology and aging for almost 20 years," York says, "and I believe the tech tools at our fingertips today are transforming this area in ways more positive than negative." Enriched with client feedback, iN2L works to ensure that technology to engage residents includes people living with dementia. "It's fascinating to see the outcomes, and the possibilities," York shares. "And it's often not that complicated."

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"Wearables 3.0": Exploring new tools for health and wellness by Colin Milner

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The first pedometer, according to some accounts, was a windup watch created in 1780 to measure steps and distance. Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet based the device on his 1777 mechanism to power a self-winding (or automatic) watch with the wearer's movements while walking. Leap forward to 2018. We now have a vast array of tools to help us measure our steps-from digital apps to smartwatches to, yes, pedometers. Those pedometers are what Stanford University's Ken Smith, MS, calls "wearables 1.0," the start of wearable tools. From this beginning, we have moved on to "wearables 2.0," says Smith. We use the new form of wearable tools to track activities and behaviors such as nutrition and exercise. Yet, it is the emergence of what he calls "wearables 3.0" that is set to change how we manage our health and well-being, Smith believes.

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"Wearables 3.0": Exploring new tools for health and wellness by Colin Milner

Technology

The first pedometer, according to some accounts, was a windup watch created in 1780 to measure steps and distance. Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet based the device on his 1777 mechanism to power a self-winding (or automatic) watch with the wearer's movements while walking. Leap forward to 2018. We now have a vast array of tools to help us measure our steps-from digital apps to smartwatches to, yes, pedometers. Those pedometers are what Stanford University's Ken Smith, MS, calls "wearables 1.0," the start of wearable tools. From this beginning, we have moved on to "wearables 2.0," says Smith. We use the new form of wearable tools to track activities and behaviors such as nutrition and exercise. Yet, it is the emergence of what he calls "wearables 3.0" that is set to change how we manage our health and well-being, Smith believes.

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'Ginna Baik talks technology and senior living

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CDW Healthcare's Ginna Baik is passionate about "building new business solutions that make a difference," according to HealthTech Magazine, a company-powered website. At CDW Healthcare, Baik is responsible for leading strategic business development initiatives in the senior care market. In 2014, she joined the Illinois-based company, a leading provider of technology solutions and services for the healthcare market, after holding senior roles in long-term care and senior living. For this special technology issue, the Journal on Active Aging asked Baik to share some of her perspectives on technology and senior living. Here's what she had to say.

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'Ginna Baik talks technology and senior living

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CDW Healthcare's Ginna Baik is passionate about "building new business solutions that make a difference," according to HealthTech Magazine, a company-powered website. At CDW Healthcare, Baik is responsible for leading strategic business development initiatives in the senior care market. In 2014, she joined the Illinois-based company, a leading provider of technology solutions and services for the healthcare market, after holding senior roles in long-term care and senior living. For this special technology issue, the Journal on Active Aging asked Baik to share some of her perspectives on technology and senior living. Here's what she had to say.

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"New era" solutions: Emerging technologies to improve quality of life by Colin Milner

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There is one simple truth about the 1.6 billon adults worldwide who are over age 50: They all have challenges that technology can play a role in improving. From health and wellness to communications and transportation, the opportunity is immense for any organization that will listen, learn, create, implement and deliver technological solutions that can help meet this population's diverse-and growing-needs, wants and expectations, not to mention their aspirations. Active-aging organizations seek to embrace new and existing technologies while planning for what is on the horizon, so I asked industry leader Bryan O'Rourke to explore this question for the Journal on Active Aging's technology issue. The seasoned executive, investor, board member and advisor has worked with many global brands and organizations in technology, health and fitness. Let's jump right into the discussion.

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"New era" solutions: Emerging technologies to improve quality of life by Colin Milner

Technology

There is one simple truth about the 1.6 billon adults worldwide who are over age 50: They all have challenges that technology can play a role in improving. From health and wellness to communications and transportation, the opportunity is immense for any organization that will listen, learn, create, implement and deliver technological solutions that can help meet this population's diverse-and growing-needs, wants and expectations, not to mention their aspirations. Active-aging organizations seek to embrace new and existing technologies while planning for what is on the horizon, so I asked industry leader Bryan O'Rourke to explore this question for the Journal on Active Aging's technology issue. The seasoned executive, investor, board member and advisor has worked with many global brands and organizations in technology, health and fitness. Let's jump right into the discussion.

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"New era" solutions: Emerging technologies to improve quality of life by Colin Milner

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There is one simple truth about the 1.6 billon adults worldwide who are over age 50: They all have challenges that technology can play a role in improving. From health and wellness to communications and transportation, the opportunity is immense for any organization that will listen, learn, create, implement and deliver technological solutions that can help meet this population's diverse-and growing-needs, wants and expectations, not to mention their aspirations. Active-aging organizations seek to embrace new and existing technologies while planning for what is on the horizon, so I asked industry leader Bryan O'Rourke to explore this question for the Journal on Active Aging's technology issue. The seasoned executive, investor, board member and advisor has worked with many global brands and organizations in technology, health and fitness. Let's jump right into the discussion.

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'Game-changing technologies for reaching and engaging the 55+ audience by Jeff Weiss

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Needless to say, technology has been shaping the lives of the active-aging community at a quickening pace, far beyond anything we could have envisioned even five years ago. Its reach clearly extends beyond the capacity to deliver better care or to enhance connectivity with family and friends (although it is doing both of these in ever-expanding ways). More approachable technology is taking "Active Agers" places they haven't been before, improving how they can engage with the outside world and seamlessly enhancing their daily routines. Factoring the role of technology into how to connect with Active Agers applies as much to those working within senior living or aging services as it does to those selling insurance, automobiles, travel, or a host of other products and services. In this article, we'll take a quick look at four technologies that have the potential to reshape how you deliver products, services and messages to the 55+ market.

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