AgeTech West Releases White Papers on WiFi and Safety & Wellness Systems

In response to senior living and long-term care providers’ desire for practical, unbiased guidance on technology deployments, AgeTech West established a provider-led “Technology Enabled Care Standards (TECS)” workgroup to develop guidelines on common technology challenges. As the workgroup’s first products, the White Papers aim to help decision-makers and information technology professionals develop effective WiFi infrastructures and navigate the evolving array of safety and wellness systems by sharing general considerations for design and implementation in senior living and long-term care communities. They also lays a foundation for future development of technical best-practice standards. AgeTech thanks the TECS workgroup members and gives special thanks to Joe Gerardi, SVP and CIO at ABHOW, for his leadership as chair of the workgroup.

Considerations for Implementing Safety & Wellness Systems in Senior Living and LTC Communities

Considerations for Implementing Wi-Fi Infrastructure in Senior Living and LTC Communities

TECS Workgroup Members:

Joe Gerardi, Senior VP, Information Technology and CIO, ABHOW (chair)
Chris Dana, Vice President, Information Technology, Episcopal Senior Communities
Steve Eichen, Chief Information Officer, Pacific Retirement Services
Charles Garcia, Vice President, Information Technology, Eskaton
J.D. Harrison, Facility Operations Manager, Christian Health Care Center
Clint McClellan President, Indie Health, Acting Chair, Personal Connected Health Alliance
Ron Mosley, Director, Business Development, Sodexo Senior Living
Brett Ortega, Information Technology Manager, ABHOW
Scott Peifer, Executive Director, AgeTech West





AgeTech Announces Pitch-for-Pilot Partners




Two weeks following its most successful conference to date, AgeTech West is pleased to announce a dozen pilot project pairings from the second annual “Pitch-for-Pilots (P4P)” in partnership with Aging2.0. The ‘innovation vibe’ in Seattle was a very fitting setting for the event focused on transforming the aging services experience. With over 300 people in attendance from 25 states and four countries representing for profit and nonprofit providers, AgeTech’s speakers challenged providers to disrupt themselves by innovating existing services and inventing new ones by leveraging the latest technologies.

Attendees were inspired by innovations in 3D sensing and caregiver robotics and an outstanding panel session by providers who piloted technology innovations in last year’s Pitch-for-Pilots, including Hallmark Rehab who piloted Liftware, now part of Google, Eskaton who piloted Live!y, and Front Porch who piloted Tapestry. Google and a Place for Mom gave providers a wake-up call on how older consumers are searching for services and housing, and the need to reprioritize how internet leads are handled versus “walk-ins” if they are to effectively sync their service offerings with consumers and family interests in a timely manner.

A “state of the state” aging technology executive panel provided attendees with leading market insights and a road map of what’s next, but an older adult focus-group panel stole the show with their forthright thoughts and feelings about technology’s role and impact for aging in everyday life. With over 40 speakers and ample networking time, the day and a half event was packed full of rich content and opportunities for hatching new ideas and striking strategic partnerships with peers and technology entrepreneurs.
And if you missed the “BIG NEWS,” AgeTech West and Aging2.0 announced their plan to join forces, creating the “Aging2.0 Alliance” and continuing the conference as Aging2.0’s “AgeTech Conference and EXPO,” with the next event tentatively planned for San Francisco November 2015.

Now to the Pitch for Pilot pairings. 34 providers in attendance submitted applications for 8 pilot opportunities. GeriJoy and GrandCare tied for the greatest number of applications (7 apiece), and Cadence Biomedical won the best pitch for its Kickstart Walking System. Because a few P4P companies were game for more than one pilot partner, we have made 12 formal P4P pairings. Pairings were thoroughly evaluated to find the best-fit possible for both parties.

Drumroll please… the 2014-15 PITCH-FOR-PILOT Partners are:

accushieldAccushield is a technology that adds a layer of protection for the residents, staff and property owners of senior living communities by screening and tracking third-party vendors and visitors, and to empower community management, vendor management and families with easy, mobile access to information about vendor activity.

Wesley Homes, Des Moines, WA
The, Glendale & Escondido, CA
The Hearthstone, Seattle, WA


Cadence Biomedical offers the Kickstart Walking System to accelerate walking recovery for neurological patients in long term care facilities.

Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community, Tacoma, WA
Hallmark Rehabilitation, various locations

cubigoCubigo is a cloud-based communication and integration platform to support aging in   place with community interaction and services and a superior, easy to use UI and data analytics.

Jewish Senior Living Group, Palo Alto, CA

geekatooGeekatoo is a nationwide in-home tech support platform. Like Geek Squad except cheaper, better, faster. 

Episcopal Senior Communities, Oakland, CA
Los Angeles Jewish Home, Reseda, CA

GeriJoyGeriJoy’s 24×7 care team provides personalized memory care programming through always-present virtual pet avatars, improving quality of life, reducing cost of care, and engaging families.

Episcopal Senior Communities, Spring Lake Village, Santa Rosa, CA

grand_careGrandCare is a comprehensive caregiving technology combining activity sensing, telehealth, socialization and video chat into a simple touch-based platform for professional caregivers & health providers.

Los Angeles Jewish Home, Reseda, CA


grandPad is the safest and simplest tablet computer that effortlessly connects  seniors to those they love.

The Hearthstone, Seattle, WA

Sword_HealthAt SWORD Health, we’re performing an end-to-end reinvention of the motor rehabilitation industry with technologies that maximize the operational and therapeutic effectiveness of rehabilitation services.


Hallmark Rehabilitation, various locations

Get Well Gamers Foundation Continues Support of Senior Exergaming

GetWellGamers and AgeTech Wi Fit Balance Boards_cropped 2_gwgf logoAgeTech thanks the Get Well Gamers Foundation for their continued support of senior exergaming for wellness and socialization among residents of West Coast LeadingAge member communities. The foundation has donated Nintendo Wii and Xbox exergames as well as several Wii balance boards to accompany the fitness-oriented Wii games.  AgeTech will be distributing the games and boards to members in the coming weeks Watch for details on our blog). AgeTech distributed GWGF’s first donation of games to thirteen LeadingAge members in the AgeTech network:


Gold Country Retirement and Health, Placerville CA
Carlsbad by the Sea, Carlsbad CA
Parkview Senior Apartments, San Jose CA
Bixby Knolls Towers, Long Beach CA
Auburn Ravine Terrace, Auburn CA
The Hearthstone, Seattle WA
Friendsview Retirement Community, Newberg OR
Spring Meadows Assisted Living, St. Helens OR
Terwilliger Plaza, Portland OR

Pioneer House, Sacramento CA
Telacu Tierra Serrano Social Services, Rialto CA
Emerald Heights/Corwin Center, Redmond WA
Beth Haven, Ripon CA

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!


Boomer Health Tech Watch Releases New AARP-Sponsored Report

Baby boomers and seniors age 50+ comprise an enormous cohort. But they do not represent a market segment that can be divided neatly by age. This amorphous population of 100 million people confounds innovators with widely different needs, budgets and marketing channels. But entrepreneurs can learn from prospective customers, experts from specific sub-segments and market niches, and from the learnings of those who have done well.

The AARP-sponsored 2014 interview report, “Challenging Innovators: Matching Offerings to the Needs of Older Adults,” reveals new tactics, but as much determination as ever. The interviewees in this report – including AgeTech West Executive Director Scott Peifer – advised new entrants to consider innovating at life transition points; seeking interested funders and accelerators, using crowdfunding to gain visibility; leveraging policy changes that open up new opportunities; entering a market at disruptive price points; and above all, seeking partnerships carefully – and early.

Download and read the full report.

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.