Call for Presentations: Deadline June 15!

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, WA. 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 desires to transform the aging services “user experience” for older adults and aging service 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!

Deadline to submit is June 15.

Non-Profit PEP Housing and Lively Partner To Help Older Adults Stay Safer, Healthier While Living at Home Longer

From PRWeb: PEP Housing: www.pephousing.org,  a Northern California non-profit leader that provides low-cost housing for seniors, has announced a trial program with Lively: www.mylively.com that will help its residents remain living independently at home longer. Lively is an activity-sharing product that uses passive sensors applied to everyday objects in the home to measure daily activity levels and automatically notify family members or other designated caregivers when anything may be amiss. Click here to read the full article.


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.