Reimagine Aging Conference

 

3rd Annual Reimagine Aging Conference

Technology for Independent Living

October 17, 2018
Brookview Community Center
Golden Valley, MN

Click here to view information from last year’s conference

Agenda

12:30 – 1:00        Registration & Networking

1:00 – 1:15          Welcome, Event Overview & Sponsor Thanks

1:15 – 2:00          Keynote (Dr. Kerry Burnight, Chief Gerontologist, GrandPad)

2:15 – 3:00          Technology Showcase, Sponsor & Keynote Speaker Interaction

(Refreshment Break)

3:15 – 4:00          Technology Spotlight General Session (Featuring Ebenezer Virtual Reality and CareNextion)

4:00 – 4:15          Q&A

4:15 – 4:30          Closing Comments & Prize Drawings


New This Year:

  • Technology Showcase: providing attendees with an opportunity to see “helper tools” technology in action addressing pressing issues:
    • Connectedness/Communication
    • Health/Wellness
    • Safety/Security
  • New location/larger space – 200 Attendees Expected!
  • Increased opportunity for speaker, sponsor and attendee interaction.

Keynote


Dr. Kerry Burnight is the Chief Gerontologist at grandPad. She served as a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine for two decades. She’s published extensively her research on elder abuse, financial exploitation, social isolation, and cognitive impairment. She is the founder of the nation’s first Elder Abuse Forensic Center and the founder of the national non-profit, Ageless Alliance. Dr. Burnight serves as an expert on aging on such programs as CBS news, The Doctors, the Dr. Phil Show, and Money Matters. She received the US Attorney General Award and spoke at the White House. Like so many of you, her life’s mission is to improve the lives of older adults and their families by increasing joy, autonomy, and meaning.


Technology Showcase Companies

Reemo

What problem are you trying to solve?

To protect the independence of seniors for as long as possible by supporting their health and safety.

How is your product/service unique?

Our remote mobile health platform becomes an easy-to use part of everyday life that goes beyond traditional solutions like a PERS device. Reemo offers a safety net for wearers – everywhere they go and keeps them connected to their support network using a Live Concierge Service. A unique feature of our wearable: it puts a cell phone on the wrist that allows hands-free, two-way communication like a speaker phone.

It also encourages wearers to stay active in order to maintain health and mobility with the natural outcome of keeping their independence. Seniors can choose to share access with select members of their support network who can remotely check the status of the senior without intrusion, and can receive alerts if something appears out of norm (steps or heart rate unusually high or low, not active by a certain time of day, etc). This enables proactive care as caregivers and healthcare providers can gain insight early and adjust care paths.

How does your product/service Reimagine Aging?

The future of independent living will be led by seniors who are actively engaged in managing their health and wellness, while staying connected to their support network. Using simple technology that naturally fits their lifestyle, they will leverage personalized health data to make adjustments to keep their health on track. As an active participant, they will be informed, stay connected, maintain control, and receive proactive care. They can confidently enjoy their life, continuing to live independently, enjoy hobbies out of the house, travel and shop with peace of mind, knowing they have 24/7/365 mobile remote help available, for whatever level of help they need.

As a result, they will feel confident, secure and able to enjoy independent living, longer.

CareNextion

Coming soon!

Dose Health

What problem are you trying to solve?

Dose Health aims to solve medication non-adherence by empowering individuals to take control of their medications. CVS Pharmacy has called medication non-adherence a hidden epidemic. It is estimated to cost 125,000 lives and nearly $300 billion in avoidable healthcare costs in the United States per year.

How is your product/service unique?

We developed a small portable pillbox, Dose Dispense. Our device makes it easy for anyone to take their medications, including people with cognitive decline, like dementia. Dose Dispense is easy to use and easy to set-up.

At the scheduled medication time, the pillbox automatically opens to the correct compartment and sound a friendly alarm. Then the user simply flips the machine to dispense their medications.

The Dose Dispense allows caregivers and healthcare providers to stay up to date on medication adherence with text, email or phone notifications via our powerful software platform, Dose Anywhere. This offers a hands-off approach with peace of mind that if a medication is missed the caregiver will be notified.

How does your product/service Reimagine Aging?

With Dose Health, we hope to stop medication management from being one of the primary reasons older adults and those with disability can no longer live independently in the environment they choose. We aim to empower individuals to live happier and healthier lives, with easy to use products, premium support, and a focus on fitting into our client’s lives.

Luna Lights

What problem are you trying to solve?

Falls are the #1 cause of injury for older adults and over half of all residents in assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing communities will experience a fall in the next year. Nighttime falls are of great concern in these communities as there is the least staffing and least resident visibility. Many older adults refuse to use wearable monitoring solutions at night and sensor technologies are often expensive and complex, so there aren’t any current solutions that effectively address this issue.

How is your product/service unique?

Luna Lights consists of a thin pressure sensor that detects when a user gets out of bed and immediately turns on wireless lights in the home. Additionally, a software component collects data regarding the frequency and duration an adult is out of bed at night. Our system sends a notification to a caregiver if the older adults is out of bed for an unreasonable amount of time. It also allows caregivers to identify trends in nighttime trips and see which individuals are most at risk for falling.

How does your product/service Reimagine Aging?

By combining tracking and illumination, Luna Lights provides a predictive and preventative experience that is currently unavailable in the market. Luna Lights simplifies the data collection in order to target the elderly population and uses the data in a very specific way: to warm family members and caretakers of potential health problems or falls. At Luna Lights we believe safety should be simple and we’ve created a product that seamlessly integrates into older adults’ behavior patterns and staff workflows. Instead of being stigmatized as “big brother” or “old,” Luna Lights provides older adults with tangible benefits via the lighting, providing for a solution people actually want to use.

Ebenezer

What problem are you trying to solve?

Our Minneapolis Campus serves nearly 600 seniors daily in independent housing, assisted living, skilled nursing and adult day settings. The seniors represent a highly diverse, primarily low-income population. Many residents struggle with mental health, chemical dependency and lack family or friends to support them through their senior years. Through our Life Long Learning program, we have offered a wide variety of arts to our seniors on our campus. We access professionals through partners like Northern Clay, McPhail Music, and Compass artists.

We decided we wanted to incorporate a wellness-based program and with a passion for innovation, we began researching Virtual Reality. We partnered with Visual Inc. because they produce WellnessVR which is tailored content with the goal of reducing anxiety and stress as well as bringing a sense of peace to those who experience it. The content was all original and specifically created for the goal of reducing anxiety, worry and stress. The content included many scenes of places around the world like Hyde Park in London and Stonehenge. It also included footage from around MN like the aquarium, Minnehaha falls and Lake Superior.

Their mission aligned with a great need we had for the wellness of our seniors. We decided to implement a pilot program so we could gain data to determine its effects. The results were extremely positive including 96% of participants feeling happier after having experienced the WellnessVR. Along with other compelling data, we learned some carryover effects from the study. Participants reported enjoying other activities such as socializing or religious services more if they had experienced virtual reality through the study. The exact reason behind this carryover effect has not been determined but we found it to be compelling.

We had achieved our goal of positively influencing our seniors with this modality and we had data to back it up. In addition, we have pages of notes we took with anecdotal evidence of how powerful the experience was. Resident’s reactions to the experience included:

  • Whistling at a dog they saw during the VR experience
  • Gasping and saying how beautiful the view was
  • Reporting a feeling of empowerment after experiencing a performance by a disabled concert violinist
  • Feeling they have checked off some bucket list items after “visiting” Stonehenge, Hyde Park or Lake Superior.
  • Reminiscing about summers in the water or fishing after experiencing a peaceful water scenes such as canoe ride or beach view.

How is your product/service unique?

Virtual Reality is a cutting-edge technology. This is true for everyone, not just seniors and not just healthcare. Until now, it has largely existed in the gaming industry. With exploration into other ways to utilize it, we found a meaningful and powerful way to bring it to our seniors who would have otherwise been unlikely to even try it. Individual financial and health barriers are at the top of the list for why our seniors would have been unlikely to consider such an experience.

How does your product/service Reimagine Aging?

With financial support of the Ebenezer Foundation, we tried something that is not required of us in our industry. It is still being researched and it is ever-changing. Innovation can challenge the many stigmas related to our seniors, mental health and our industry in general. One of the ways we encouraged our seniors to try the virtual reality headsets was to tell them “your grandchildren will be jealous of you when they find out you did today”. We also used old viewfinders to help explain what the headsets were. I told them “this is like a viewfinder on steroids”.

The program continues to serve our seniors. We started a VR travel-club and any and all are welcome to join. We were fortunate to receive the 2018 Leading Age of Minnesota Innovation of the year award in February. We have also had a great amount of local media coverage as a result of the success and uniqueness of the story.

Here are a few links to local news publications and TV coverage:

https://www.minnpost.com/mental-health-addiction/2017/12/virtual-reality-takes-local-seniors-adventures-improves-emotional-we

http://www.startribune.com/vr-helps-seniors-cope-with-depression-anxiety-minneapolis-center-finds/467195193/

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/news/2017/12/12/fairviews-ebenezer-brings-virtual-reality-to.html

http://kstp.com/technology/seniors-ebenezer-tower-apartments-use-virtual-reality-travel-club-meetings-help-improve-quality-of-life-/4822943/?cat=12510

WalkSmart

What problem are you trying to solve?

75% of falls happen when people are not using their walkers, and falls are the leading cause of fatal injury for those 65+ and cost the healthcare system $34 billion annually. In addition, many people refuse or forget to wear personal emergency response pendants, making it impossible to respond to potential emergencies at home or at independent living facilities. What’s more, fitness is one of the most important aspects of senior health, but there is no way to monitor and manage fitness for walker users.

How is your product/service unique?

WalkSmart is the world’s first smart walker attachment: no charging, no wearable, and no smartphone required. It reduces falls by providing positive and negative incentives for using the walker. For example, you get a congratulatory message if you reach your daily walking goal. It also acts as a silent bed alarm for assisted living facilities. Caregivers receive alerts if something odd happens, such as if the walker is inactive for a period of time during the day, if there is no activity in the morning, or if there is excessive bathroom use or wandering at night.

How does your product/service Reimagine Aging?

The problem with most senior living technology is adoption. My grandparents wouldn’t wear a smartwatch 24/7, so I invented a solution that required no actions from my grandparents other than using their walker! This technology is reducing falls, engaging families, and helping people to maintain their independence. By the way, my grandmother loves tracking her fitness levels!

GrandPad

What problem are you trying to solve?

We are trying to address a problem as hazardous to your health as smoking fifteen cigarettes per day: senior isolation and loneliness. Isolation impacts over 265 million seniors across the globe. Those who are lonely have a 25% greater chance of dying prematurely and display significantly higher rates of dementia, heart disease, stroke, and cancer (1). Families of seniors are becoming increasingly aware of the gravity of loneliness thanks to national news including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and through national television programs including “The Doctors” and “60 Minutes.”  “The profound effects of loneliness on health and independence are a critical public health problem,” says Dr. Carla M. Perissinotto, a geriatrician at the University of California, San Francisco.“It is no longer medically or ethically acceptable to ignore older adults who feel lonely and marginalized” (2).

How is your product/service unique?

Recognizing the possibility of connecting to their elderly loved ones through technology, adult children have been spending millions purchasing smartphones and traditional tablets for their aging parents and grandparents. The problem? The technology was never designed for older adults. Small buttons, tiny text, the need for fast wifi connection, and passwords make traditional technology incredibly frustrating and ineffective. Many traditional tablets never make it through the setup phase. Older adults, especially those over 75, are not typically part of the photo sharing, emailing, and video calling that connect us. GrandPad is changing that in homes across the country. Hundreds of POFs (Points of Frustration) have been engineered out. The GrandPad has: internet connection everywhere, no data charges, no contracts, wireless charging, 30 million songs included, audio and visual access for adults who live with changes in hearing and vision. A 90-year old can unwrap and start enjoying the GrandPad in 90 seconds! When the GrandPad arrives to the seniors, it comes preloaded with their family photos and their contacts – instant gratification. These photos and videos come from their families’ phones and are saved to the GrandPad for later viewing. The photos appear in a continuous loop on the GrandPad as the tablet sits on its specially designed charging stand.


Who Should Attend?

The 2017 conference included:

Healthcare Education/Academia
Senior Living Nonprofits
Home Healthcare Foundations
Corporations Older Adults
Government Caregivers/Families

If you’re interested in learning more about sponsorship, please contact Deb Taylor at 952-767-7897 or d.taylor@seniorcommunity.org