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Aging Well Working Series: Next Generation Tech

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More Americans are choosing to stay in their homes and communities as they age. While technology use can serve as a solution to make this desire a reality, barriers to the adoption of available technologies persist. In a survey conducted by Philips and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, 95 percent of respondents thought that today’s technology could be better developed to help people age in their homes and communities. Developing technology-based solutions and policies specifically for older Americans could improve technology adoption rates and ultimately help Americans live more fulfilling lives in the setting of their choice as they age.

The “Aging Well Working Session Series: Next Generation Tech” held on September 17, 2013 was the first of three expert roundtables hosted by GSEI and Philips. The series aims to remove barriers that prevent people from aging in the setting that they most prefer. This session introduced research that identified the key barriers America’s aging population faces in terms of technology adoption, and participants were asked to address what steps need to be taken to remove them.

“For people to live independent, fulfilling lives in their own homes and communities as they age, technology must continue to become easier to learn and use while also being better integrated with adjacent technologies, including patient care,” said Bill Novelli, distinguished professor of the practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and member of the Philips Aging Well Think Tank.

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  • Survey Highlights

    95 percent of Gen Xers and baby boomers think today’s technology could be better developed to help people age in their homes and communities.

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    While 73 percent of Boomers and Gen X surveyed want to age in their own home, they believe they will have significant barriers to achieving this through the aid of technology, such as access and adoption, cost, privacy, complexity of use, product integration, and public policy.

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  • Roundtable Session

    The “Aging Well Working Session Series: Next Generation Tech” held on September 17, 2013 was the first of three expert roundtables hosted by GSEI and Philips. This session identified the key barriers America’s aging population faces in terms of technology adoption, and participants were asked to address what steps need to be taken to remove them.

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