Though it may feel like technology innovations cater solely to the tween to 30-something crowds, baby boomers and seniors are getting their day in the tech spotlight these days.
Innovation is coming from numerous quarters, including Aging2.0’s Global Startup Search. The global competition brings attention to startups that offer products and services focused on senior’s needs and that ease the challenges associated with aging.
Competitors pitch their ideas at local events around the world. A combination of public voting and expert judges pick the finalists who will get to pitch their idea at the Aging2.0 Optimize event.
Though many are designed to monitor health, not all the apps and services are illness focused. Among the companies that have been competing for votes include:
• Echo System monitors seniors at home without using invasive cameras. It can detect dangers, such as falls, unusually long stays in the bathroom, and sleep apnea.
• One that is of particular interest to me right now is FibriCheck. This is an app that monitors those with atrial fibrillation to detect heart arrhythmias that can cause strokes.
• Another one I like for my children’s sake is Memory Well. It captures seniors’ life stories using prose, images, and music to help caregivers better know the person they’re caring for. By understating who a person is and what he or she loves, caregivers can have more meaningful conversations with patients and provide more personalized care. The digital biography also serves as a keepsake for loved ones and a way for family members to sit and reminisce with a patient.
• Silvernest is a roommate-matching service for boomers.