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Uber for the elderly offers transport with friendly care
It’s a lot harder for older people to get around, especially if they have mobility problems or medical conditions that take public transport out of the question. Even startups such as Uber, which offer individual door-to-door lifts at an often inexpensive rate, simply can’t cater for the needs of some seniors. Instead, Lift Hero has created a peer-to-peer lift service that uses trained or studying medical professionals to drive the elderly safely to their destination. READ MORE…
Smart power adaptors track seniors’ daily routines to make sure they’re ok
The population of the elderly is growing, and along with it the strain on nursing homes. Even if some seniors value the independence of living in their own home, they can still worry about the lack of help if an accident happens. We’ve previously written about Amulyte, a wearable emergency assistance button that helps seniors let family and caregivers know if they’re in trouble, wherever they are. While this could help the elderly lead more active lives, it comes with the price of having to wear it constantly. Evermind is a new system which tracks the seniors’ use of home devices so that relatives can be alerted to breaks in routine. READ MORE…
QR code badges could help lost seniors find their way home
QR codes are proving to be an enduring method for easily attaching digital information to physical objects, and we’ve seen them used in a variety of ways. Australia’s StrayHat has made it easier for parents to find their kids’ lost stuff with QR code labels, and now a local authority in China has now issued QR code badges to elderly people, enabling passersby to help them back to their home if they get lost. READ MORE…
Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation
Online education is booming thanks to platforms such as Khan Academy, YouTube tutorials and even educational video games such as Koe, which recently crowdfunded on Kickstarter. However, language-learning especially is a skill that’s best acquired by speaking one-on-one with natives on a regular basis. Aiming to facilitate this, a new service in Brazil called Speaking Exchange is enabling students to practise their English through video chats with US seniors in retirement homes, who benefit from regular conversation. READ MORE…
Credit card protects seniors from fraud
The elderly population are one of the most vulnerable when it comes to financial fraud, and statistics show that this exploitation costs seniors around USD 2.9 billion a year. In order to provide a barrier between older people and scammers, the True Link card monitors payments and instantly alerts carers or relatives when a suspicious transaction is made. READ MORE…
For seniors, web-connected computer looks like a side table
Older people can be overwhelmed – or simply disengaged – with new technologies, and we’ve already seen Belgium’s CareSquare provide a more user-friendly interface for the elderly. Now a new platform, called webnapperon, wants to integrate social tech more seamlessly into the lives of seniors by designing a simplified computer setup as a traditional home side table. READ MORE…
Community housing scheme encourages home sharing
Projects such as Renew Australia have already tried to make use of urban space that is temporarily empty. Looking for a more long-term solution to the problem of housing in the university town of St John’s, Newfoundland, Home Share aims to connect students looking for affordable accommodation with those over 50 living alone. READ MORE…
Service helps users keep tabs on solitary loved ones via daily check-ins
It can be difficult not to worry about loved ones living alone, and that’s certainly true when they’re elderly. Last year we saw the launch of the Mi-Look device for monitoring seniors, and recently we came across POM4U, a web-based service designed to help users keep tabs on any loved one living or traveling on their own. READ MORE…