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Aging Gracefully and Having a Good Time

Living Longer, Fuller Lives

This new economy of connections is what will enable clients to live fuller lives as they age, and it touches five important aspects of their lives:

Technology-Driven Transportation Will Help Them Stay Mobile
Cars are increasingly offering automated features such as parking assistance, collision prevention, and lane-departure warnings that can extend the driving capabilities for aging drivers. But when driving is no longer an option, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft may be a solution by providing on-demand transportation through free smartphone apps. They can also provide flexible employment as clients age; Uber has stated that some of their most popular drivers are retirees. And while not yet available, Google and major car manufacturers are in the process of developing and testing driverless cars that could offer independence to those who would otherwise be unable to drive. Yeah for autonomous vehicles!

It Will Be Easier to Work and Earn Income Longer

According to AARP, four out of 10 Baby Boomers plan to work in some capacity during retirement.2 Technology can contribute to this in several ways. First, it could promote greater flexibility in an existing position by allowing remote work from the comfort of home. Second, many clients are finding second careers in retirement. Clients can use online education forums, such as Edx and Coursera, to broaden or update existing skillsets, or even learn entirely new skills and industries. The courses are from many universities and some are free. Serving as a provider in today’s on-demand economy can also offer non-traditional employment. For example, services such as AirBNB allow homeowners to rent out rooms, providing both income and social interaction for the homeowner, as do driving services such as Uber and Lyft.

Clients Will Be Better Able to Maintain Their Social Network As They Age
Loneliness can be a major health risk for seniors, and personal interaction can decrease significantly in retirement, especially after the loss of a spouse. Fortunately, technology has already taken strides to reduce the distances between families and friends with internet-based apps such as Skype and Facetime. These apps have removed the cost considerations of long distance conversations while adding the ability to include face-to-face contact. In retirement communities, the Connected Living program provides the equipment and a medium to give seniors access to digital social lives, and there are even senior-specific dating websites, such as OurTime and Stitch, to facilitate building new romantic relationships as clients age.

Connected Homes and Apps Can Promote Aging in Place
Clients’ homes play an integral part in their family lives, and are full of memories and their personal effects. Many Americans say they want to age in place, but simple required maintenance can become difficult or unsafe to manage as we age. Today, apps such as Handy and TaskRabbit pre-screen handymen or contractors for home improvement projects. For more frequent day-to-day needs, there are even apps like Instacart to make grocery delivery simple, or 1-800-DryClean, which delivers laundry and dry-cleaning to a client’s door. Do clients need a butler to help you tidy up their home? Look to Hello Alfred; their motto is: “Come Home Happy” . They started in NY and have 8 other locations including SF. And in some cases, they wouldn’t even need to lift a finger because voice-activated controllers like the Amazon Echo can access these apps, all while their robot vacuum, a Roomba, cleans their floors autonomously. These are all tasks that may be taken for granted in younger years, but can be difficult to manage as clients age and are significant to remaining independent and aging in their own homes.

However, some services like Washio, which did the same service as 1-800-DryClean, shut its doors, “washed-up” so to speak. So Pick Carefully! If it is a good idea, there will be lots of choices from other entrepreneurs.  — the editor

Technology Will Monitor Clients’ Health at Home
Healthcare costs may be one of the largest budget items for retirees as they manage chronic conditions, and healthcare often plays a deciding role in whether or not it’s possible to remain at home rather than in a facility or institution. But what if clients could more proactively manage their health with the help of devices and apps at home? From smart toilets that can measure weight and vitals to smart clothing that can track activity levels or carpets that can detect a fall, developers are working to integrate technology into everyday objects to monitor clients’ health and detect changes or problems immediately. And when outside help is required, apps like Honor can provide peace of mind that trained professionals have been screened and are qualified to help an aging client.

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