Tech Companies Find Seniors an Eager Market for Their Gadgets

The promise of technology for those over 65 is greater than many people think. Researchers are even working to keep people in their homes longer, with the help of home automation and apps that are tailored to seniors’ needs.

By By Alain ArduainFebruary 23, 2017 3:44 pm,

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