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TRENDING NOW: Making Cities Smarter for Older Adults

Making a city smarter means using new technology and better design to help make things run more efficiently and to provide the most benefit to its residents. As a model, Georgia Tech has focused on increasing the efficiency of public transportation, smarter energy use, and better engineering, among other areas. While smart city initiatives are important for people of all ages, older...

Tickled Pink: How Pink Noise Improves Older Adults’ Sleep & Memory

Researchers are continuing to explore the relationship between sleep and cognition in older adults. (For example, see here.) Recently, researchers examined one potential technology for improving the quality of older adults’ sleep: pink noise. Of particular importance for memory and cognition is slow wave sleep, or deep sleep. Disruption or lack of slow wave sleep has been shown to...

TRENDING NOW: Common Technology Use within Senior Living

The most widely used resident care technologies in the senior living industry, according to the recent ASHA Senior Living Technology Report, are emergency response systems and electronic medication administration records. These technologies were in use by 97 and 84 percent, respectively, of surveyed communities. Electronic medication administration records had the highest rating of...

Listening with the EAR: An Advancement in How We Can Listen to Older Adults

I vividly remember classmates at the University of Arizona in the early 2000s speaking about amazing technology that a professor had developed and was using to study interactions between male and female faculty in the STEM sciences. What caught my ear was that it was a tool call EAR—for Electronically Activated Recorder—with non-intrusive listening capabilities for sampling...

Virtually Yours: How People with Dementia Respond to Virtual Reality Programs

As virtual reality (VR) technology becomes more common and less expensive, the aging services industry and researchers are beginning to explore its potential uses with older adults. One report covered the use of a VR program with older adults with dementia. The VR program chosen was a virtual forest, which employs a large interactive screen and motion sensors to immerse an individual...

TRENDING NOW: Hearing Aids Getting Smaller, Smarter, and—Soon—Cheaper

Hearing aid technology has undergone dramatic improvements to make the devices smaller and smarter than they used to be. These devices can now connect to a smartphone to not only allow users to make phone calls or receive audio from the phone, but also to interact with the phone to give the user better hearing quality depending on environmental conditions. With advances such as these,...

A Second Life for Isolated Older Adults? A Real-Life Look at Using Virtual Environments for Socializing

Advances in Internet technology have enabled the creation of immersive, realistic 3-D online environments. One of the most popular of these is Second Life, a world that users can explore to find areas and people of interest. Users of Second Life create avatars of themselves, which can then explore this virtual world and interact with other users in the world. Second Life users can...

TRENDING NOW: Senior Living Hails Ride-Sharing Apps for Residents

An increasing number of senior living and aging services organizations are turning to ride hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft as an option for their residents and customers. An executive at Lyft recently stated, “At Lyft we are trying to revolutionize how the senior care industry thinks about transportation and using technology to change these outdated processes.” He describes the...

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