On February 16th, 2017, St. Barnabas Senior Services held the inaugural Aging Into the Future conference. We convened tech leaders, entrepreneurs, and aging service providers to explore how technology can assist older adults bridge the digital divide, and find solutions and improvements to mobility, social connection, health & wellness and caregiving.
TAKEAWAYS FROM THE EVENT:
1. The importance of socialization via tech for older adults.
Whether it is singing, physical activity or finding a roommate, socialization for older adults is vital to keeping them mentally and physically healthy. Older adults with a purpose are likely to live longer than those without one, and technology can help facilitate social connection.
2. Continuing to build digital literacy for older adults.
While we continue to bridge the digital divide, our work is nowhere near being done. Older adults want to be engaged in technology but 30-40% of older adults don't own a cell phone and many do not have access to broadband internet. Digital equity must be addressed in the years to come.
3. Older adults have different technology needs.
Older adults have the ability to purchase technology, with $3.2 trillion in annual spending. They are also becoming more tech savy, but tech companies need to be conscious of the unique needs of older adults when they design new products. Technology needs to be usable and empower older adults to continue to age how they choose.
We hope you will join us for our
2nd Annual AGING INTO THE FUTURE Conference - 2018
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND EVENT PARTNERS
Co-Creation Lunch Sponsor