The Center for Disease Control defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level. Studies show 90% of older adults prefer to “age in place,” which seems rather obvious.
While the term “aging in place” has become commonplace, it is in fact a somewhat limiting term. Everyone wants to live comfortably in their home, and have design features that can accommodate compromised physical ability, whether due to physical decline, accident or illness, as well as new trends to support ongoing independence like home sharing for extra income and companionship.
Today’s baby boomers and older adults are building a movement to redefine aging in every aspect. Everything about aging is being re-examined, refined, improved and reimagined. With nearly 100 million people barreling into the third age of life, you can bet the 60's are making a comeback. The "long hairs" are now the "silver hairs" - and they are hardly ready to trade in their electric guitar or mountain bike for a walker any time soon.
A renaissance is underway; utilizing the best of entrepreneurism and technology to undermine the sweeping societal assumption that getting older is limiting, bad, scary, undesirable and isolating. With the rise in healthcare access, telemedicine, and technology in general, aging is getting a makeover. It is time for an aging reboot- a version 2.0.
Enter the organization Aging2.0® - an emerging leader in helping jumpstart important new ideas; using a Silicon Valley style of collaboration that helped catapult companies like Google, Apple and Yahoo. Based in San Francisco, Aging2.0 is a global innovation platform on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. Over the past 4 years, Aging2.0 has hosted more than 300 events, cultivating a robust ecosystem of entrepreneurs, technologists, designers, investors, senior care providers and seniors themselves.
Wendi Burkhardt, CEO of Silvernest, competed at the Aging2.0 regional competition in Phoenix, Arizona last month - and took first prize. Check out the cool scene, vibrant energy and passion to create real change.
While healthcare remains a powerful and important area of focus, issues of limited retirement income, housing crises across the nation, and the health risks of social isolation, are also dominant concerns for our society to solve. “Help us change the space of aging, because it is really, really important,” said Burkhardt.