As part of the joint ACSA (Aged & Community Services Australia)-IAHSA (International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing) conference 31 August-4 September in Perth, there will be a half-day session sponsored by LeadingAge CAST (Center for Aging Services Technologies) on 31 August. The conference will feature the tools which CAST has developed to help providers better understand, plan for, select and implement appropriate technologies to support self-management, independence and facilitate the delivery of services to the home. Featured speakers are from CAST–Majd Alwan–and from providers such as New York’s Selfhelp, The Salvation Army and It’s Never 2 Late. Session page. Conference information and booking. Australian Ageing Agenda Technology Review
The trends and items of note for next January’s show in Las Vegas
- The ‘Internet of Things’ is the phrase-du-jour–embedding anything and everything with sensors (digital elements) and blending the physical and digital worlds
- Consumer Digital Health Care was listed as #3 of CEA’s 2014 Technology Trends to Watch (PDF link). What is hot is self-tracking (1/3 of mobile users have tracked using a smartphone and tablet, and over half are now concerned about data security), integrating tech for seniors (touching on Selfhelp’s Virtual Senior Center [TTA 17 Mar 2010], remote monitoring (telehealth and telecare) including GrandCare Systems and kiosk HealthSpot Station, patient adherence, FDA approval of apps and the home as a healthcare hub.
- Robots were the #4 trend: consumer robots such as home cleaners Roomba, Ecovacs; robots in eldercare; humanoid robots like NAO; robotic prosthetics and exoskeletons.
Digital health will again be showcased as a TechZone (more…)