Robotic therapy pets, smart light bulbs, fitness apps in clothing- this is aging? The future for our tired bones has never been brighter, thanks to the entrepreneurial pioneers striving to keep us connected, and thriving. Aging 2.0 is a global innovation platform on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world.
Katy Fike, co-founder of Aging2.0, has advanced degrees in business and a PhD in gerontology. She commented, “Aging2.0 is about rethinking connecting and independence. We want to spark innovation and get more of these groups talking and bringing innovation to the market faster. There is a lot of urgency in what needs to happen, and we want to catalyze that.”
Silvernest participated at the global competition at Aging2.0 in San Francisco, California, was awarded first runner up. While there, we had a first hand look at the innovations of tomorrow. Here are highlights of innovative partnerships:
Comfort Keepers and Grandpad– easy tablets for 75+
Comfort Keepers offers regular visits to seniors and Grandpad is a new digital tablet specifically designed for the 75+ market. Each grandpad comes preloaded with essential apps and services including phone and video calling, spam free email, and family photo sharing. With a simple tap of a button on a picture, a phone call is initiated or a message can be recorded.
Motovo and Good Samaritan Society– personalized wellness trackers to keep moving and motivated
The Good Samaritan society serves over 10,000 callers per day for older adults with any type of questions, and features 240 facilities in 24 states caring for 27,000 people. Their Innovation Team partners with outside companies for shared innovation and testing of new products or services.
Motovo is a personalized wellness program currently being rolled out by Good Samaritan that offers customized wellness goals with a personal health coach via personal phone calls, text messages and a community dashboard. The program assists with physical activity, sleep, nutrition, weight and more. “Our goal is to launch innovations to transform the aging experience,” said Mike Fowler, Innovation Designer.
Sarah Oliver Handbags and the “Purlettes”- gorgeous handbags knit by local elders
“What if you could create a company that makes a different in your community, and what if that company employed and empowered one of the largest growing segments of our population, ” said Sarah Oliver. She started a small business in Mill Valley, California, making hand knit purses, with a workforce not in China, but with residents in her own local retirement community, ages 78 to 96. Oliver was featured on Shark Tank, with three sharks loving her innovative ideas, and has a multi-million dollar brand.
“To be involved in a company at age 82 is like a wish come true,” said Ellie Leva, one of the “purlettes.”
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