Inside Innovative Technologies

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Inside Innovative Technologies: New Technologies to Enhance Quality of Life as We Age


Inside Innovative Technologies: Introductory Panel: Assessing the Value of an Innovative Technology
8 to 9:30 a.m. 
Panelists: Dr. Todd Haim, Office of Small Business Research (OSBR), National Institute on Aging; Jennifer Jordan, PickAxes & Shovels
This panel will address how various types of funding can help to advance the development of innovative technologies, which areas funders are identifying as pivotal for future technological advancements, and how innovative technologies are being implemented on a system-wide scale.

Inside Innovative Technologies: Cognition
10 to 11:30 a.m. 
Moderator: Walter R. Boot, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Florida State University
Panelists: Dr. Yael Katz, Ph.D.,Co-founder and CEO, BrainCheck; Liam Kaufman, CEO and Co-founder, Winterlight Labs; David Oakley, Ph.D., CEO, WAVI Co.
Given mounting concern about dementia and a growing body of evidence regarding its modifiable risk factors, cognition is gaining attention as a vital sign and a target for research and emerging technologies. Individuals, particularly those whose friends and loved ones have experienced dementia, are seeking ways to monitor their brain health and improve or maintain their cognitive abilities across the lifespan. Are innovators up to this challenge? This session aims to illuminate the technological pipeline and illustrate available evidence.

Inside Innovative Technologies: Curiosity
1:45 to 3 p.m.
Moderator: Pending
Panelists: Chris Brickler, CEO and Co-founder, MyndVR; Tom Kamber, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Older Adults Technology Services; Peter Spiers, Senior Vice President, Strategic Outreach, Road Scholar
Evidence suggests that pursuit of social engagement and educational attainment can contribute to cognitive resilience—namely, the capacity to overcome the negative effects of setbacks and stress on cognitive functioning. Ironically, many of the institutions and tools that can advance lifelong learning were developed with younger adults in mind. This session features organizations that are adjusting to changing needs in the market and improving opportunities for meaningful experiences for older adults.

Inside Innovative Technologies: Community
3:30 to 5 p.m.
Moderator: Pending
Panelists: Jenny Larios Berlin, Co-founder and COO, Optimus Ride; other panelists pending
Adults living in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods are more likely than age-matched peers to experience poor health, challenges with lower body functioning, or cognitive decline. The cumulative effect of exposure to socially structured stressors, called weathering, increases health vulnerability and accelerates aging. Neighborhoods that are accessible, walkable, and social with plentiful resources and fresh air contribute to healthier lives and may slow the aging process. This session looks at home and community design, companionship, and mobility as means of reducing social stress.

Inside Innovative Technologies: Care
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Moderator: Helen Adeosun, EdM, CEO and Co-founder, CareAcademy
Panelists: Xavier Wartelle, Founding Partner at big bang factory, representing VA2CS
Caregiving can be as emotionally and physically demanding as it is rewarding. With the need for quality home care in the United States expected to grow by 41% from 2016 to 2026, how can we better support and equip individuals delivering care in the home? Panelists will address the opportunity to support both professional caregivers and informal care partners through technology-driven solutions.


Note: The Inside Innovative Technology program will be followed by a meeting of the Technology and Aging Interest Group from 7:30 to 9 p.m.


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