A lot has been written about the ways technology has shaped the lives of younger generations. But another demographic group – seniors – is passionate about technology, too. Their particular needs have spawned research and products from big companies and startups.

Our digital savant, Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 tech, gives us an update on what’s new for seniors in gadgets, social networking, and even interior design.

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– In Austin, IBM has an Aging in Place lab, that’s devoted to finding ways seniors can use off-the-shelf technology. They’re also collecting data on how technology can be used to assist seniors in case of an emergency, or other situation where help is needed.

– Simpler smart phones, and tablet apps like Tapestry ease the tech experience by showing users only the apps and functions they are likely to use.

– Seniors can connect on a custom social network called Stitch to find friends or traveling companions.

– Hearing aid technology is improving as companies respond to the needs of seniors who connect the devices with their smart phones and other Bluetooth-capable devices.

– An Austin company designs assisted living facilities to provide high-tech services to residents. Their innovations include a digital shadow box for Alzheimers patients.

Written by Shelly Brisbin

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