Author: Robin Douglas, Communications Specialist

Facebook plots first steps into healthcare

Venturing into healthcare for the first time, Facebook is exploring how to help and connect users suffering from various health issues. Online support communities where Facebook users can seek advice and share experiences, and apps to help encourage healthier lifestyles are under consideration. “Facebook’s plans to create online “support communities” and related “preventive care applications” for people with chronic conditions and other support needs, and their move to review personal health devices could have significant benefits for older adults living alone,” said AgeTech West Executive Director Scott Peifer.

Read the full article.

A portrait of the Facebook logo in Ventura




Intel-GE Care Innovations Hackathon to Tackle Biggest Patient Engagement Hurdles

Intel-GE Care Innovations, in partnership with MIT Hacking Medicine and StartX, will host its first ever “hackathon” in an effort to bridge the divide between patients, their health and their healthcare providers. Held at Stanford University on September 19-21, the event features health innovation experts Dr. Jacob Reider, Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, and Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Innovation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, experienced in innovative and disruptive uses of information technology. Read the full press release.

To learn more about how to participate, visit:

To learn more about Intel-GE Care Innovations, an AgeTech West Corporate Technology Partner, visit

Monday, Monday! So Many Things to Do at The AgeTech West Conference & Expo!

The AgeTech West Technology Conference and Expo is coming up – join us in Seattle on November 17-18!

Monday will feature…

1. Optional Microsoft HQ Tour Including Lunch: 10:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Participants will visit the Microsoft Corporate Headquarters in Redmond, WA, outside of Seattle. Tour elements will include a 1-hour tour of the new “Microsoft Envisioning Center,” the “Computing Museum” in the Visitor Center and lunch in a Microsoft café. Microsoft Tour is limited to 40 conference registrants, separate is registration required. The fee is $45, hurry though as the tour is filling fast!!

2. Optional Screening of “Cyber-Seniors” Documentary @ Mirabella Seattle:
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Advance registration required: contact Margaret Morneau to learn more.

Read the New York Times Review

3. Exhibits & Xbox Competitions Open – Afternoon Tea and Coffee:
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

4. OPENING GENERAL SESSION: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Welcome to AgeTech & the Seattle Innovation Community

Harnessing the Power of 3D Sensing for Aging Services
Brannon Zahand, DSC Business Operations, Microsoft Corp.

Highlights of 2013 Pitch-for-Pilot Experiences for Partners & Participants

Live 2014 Pitch-for-Pilots, real-time voting by Holleran
Katy Fike and Stephen Johnson, co-founders, Aging2.0

5. Networking / Wine Tasting Reception: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

And that’s just the first day! REGISTER NOW!


Eskaton Completes Eight-Week Trial of Lively’s Smart Home Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 6, 2014 – Eskaton, a Northern California-based, nonprofit organization that provides services and support for over 14,000 older adults annually, today announced the results of an eight-week trial of Lively’s smart home technology. Lively ( uses passive sensors placed around an elderly adult’s home to keep tabs on certain daily activity patterns, and automatically notify family members or other designated caregivers whenever something seems amiss.

The purpose of the study was to test the efficacy of Lively in establishing a daily activity connection between older adults and family members or others concerned about their health and well-being. Additionally, the study investigated whether using Lively could have a noticeable effect on older adults’ mindfulness in maintaining healthy habits and behavior. As part of the Lively service, each Eskaton trial participant also received LivelyGram, a twice-monthly printed mailer of photos submitted by loved ones, which aims to maintain and create emotionally satisfying social connections with the older adult recipients.

Read the full press release and download the complete Pre- & Post-Trial Survey Analysis.


2014 AgeTech West Call For Presentations

AgeTech West is pleased to release its 2014 Call for Presentations. Following AgeTech’s successful conference in San Jose, CA, this year’s conference will take place at the Hyatt Olive 8 hotel in downtown Seattle, Washington on November 17-18, 2014.

We are seeking presentation proposals for concurrent sessions that provide the latest technology-enabled care experiences, guidance and opportunities for West Coast leaders in support of the 2014 theme, “Sync in Seattle: Transforming the Aging Services Experience.” We will explore how technology can better synchronize aging services with consumer desire to transform the aging services “user experience” for older adults and aging services providers alike.

The venue will offer first-class amenities and downtown Seattle opportunities for networking “sync-ups” with colleagues and technology innovators. Beginning on the early afternoon of Monday, November 17, the conference will feature a networking reception that night and will conclude by 3pm on Tuesday, November 18. Come in before the conference begins to enjoy a weekend in Seattle at the group rate of $149/night (subject to room availability).

Thanks in advance for helping to make this year’s event another catalyst for change!

AgeTech West Executive Director to Speak at Boomer Business Summit

Scott Peifer, Executive Director of AgeTech West, will present in an analyst panel session entitled “Boomer and Senior Housing Trends,” alongside Cathy Smith, head of industry at Google, Inc., and Brad Fuqua of at the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit on March 13 in San Diego.

Scott will talk about how senior living and aging service providers are beginning to embrace technology in responding to the shifting needs and desires of older adults — positioning themselves to reach the “other 80-90%” of the older population who are unlikely to live in ‘senior housing communities.’ He will present examples of how two providers, Eskaton and Navigage, are innovating and reinventing themselves to respond to this opportunity.

A few seats are still available for the Summit – to learn more visit


Are you Leveraging the Power of Social, Digital & Mobile?

San_Diego_Reflecting_PondSave 20% on registration to attend the “What’s Next Boomer Business Summit: Leading in the Longevity Economy” during ASA’s Aging in America Conference in San Diego, March 13, 2014.

As new devices, products and online services emerge, companies must leverage the power of social, digital and mobile strategies to build an active and engaged online presence. Are you up on the latest trends in building social communities? Does your business have a mobile strategy that can be deployed for a boomer audience? Do you have automation in place for your digital strategy?

AgeTech West is happy to support Mary Furlong & Associate’s What’s Next Boomer Business Summit. Use discount code “wn14mktagetech” to receive your 20% discount on registration.


Study Reveals Trends in Seniors’ Internet, Social Media Usage

A keyboard showing well-known social media brands AgeTech West partnered with Link-age Connect on age-stratified study of older adult technology habits.

Responses from a total of 1,778 older adults from part of AgeTech West’s aging service provider network (LeadingAge CA, OR, WA) and Link-Age Connect’s provider network show that the digital age is having a greater impact on senior lifestyles and habits than generally thought.

Conducted as a re-field to a Pew Internet Project study, the Link-age Connect-led research found several demographic and internet usage trends among older adults, comprised of older adults between the ages of 65 and 103. The study revealed that 67 percent of this demographic is online and half of those are active on social media channels.

Specific findings from the study include:

  • 67 percent of the 65-plus population is online
  • 35 percent of online older adults are using social media
  • Roughly 50 percent of online users between the ages of 65 and 75 use social media
  • There are no skews in education level or household income among older adults using social media
  • 72 percent of the non-online population indicated they were “not at all” interested in becoming an email or internet user

What’s more, when results are stratified by 5-year age increments, the study reveals that among older adults online, nearly half (48%) of 70-74 year olds use social media as do 38% of 80-84 year olds, and more than a quarter (28%) of 96-99 year olds!

*Special thanks to AgeTech Premier Provider Partners ABHOW, Eskaton, the Hearthstone, Pacific Retirement Services, and Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community for disseminating the survey among their service settings. This served as a “beta test” of AgeTech’s ability to build a “senior survey network” among residents/clients of the West Coast LeadingAge memberships. Given the strong response rate, AgeTech plans to conduct more senior market research through the network.

Click here on the link to download the Social Media Study summary report.

Report Evaluates Role of Social Media in Chronic Disease Care

icons_smallA social media network can offer an individual education, motivation and support. According to a new report from the eHealth Initiative, it can also help individuals with chronic diseases achieve personal goals, correct high-risk behavior and better manage their conditions, thereby reducing the burden of chronic disease on the healthcare system. However, several challenges must first be addressed. These include:

  • Balancing transparency and anonymity;
  • Concerns about privacy and HIPAA compliance;
  • The digital divide among elderly and minority populations; and
  • Authenticity of online information since content is typically user-generated

Benefits include improved access to health information and providing a new tool for communication among caregivers and family members to discuss shared experiences. The full report is available here.


AgeTech Advisory Council Member to Present at ASA’s Annual Conference

generations-cover-winter2012-13AgeTech Advisory Council Member and Premier Provider Partner Kari Olson, chief innovation and technology officer at Front Porch published in American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Generations, will present in a General Session at ASA’s annual conference. Kari’s article, “Transcending Place and Transforming Aging through Online and Offline Experiences” discusses how the internet provides a vast market for services geared toward aging in place and contends that when used in combination, many fulfill the six dimensions of wellness required to thrive.  Kari will present in a General Session at the Aging in America conference entitled “Technology and Quality of Older Life in the 21st Century” on Friday, March 14 together with AgeTech partner Aging2.0’s Katy Fike and Paul Tang, MD, VP and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Read Kari’s complete article here.