The Conference reinforced what many of us working in the “gerontechnology” field know – the solution to healthy aging takes more than one caregiver or healthcare provider. It takes a holistic, seamless, individualized and coordinated patient care experience that stretches across the health continuum from the hospital to home, from the caregiver to the doctor’s office and points in between.
These insights reinforce many of the findings from Philips and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business’s multi-year, three-part study on aging, which tackles complex issues related the various barriers to technology adoption and implementation in caregiving, homes and communities.
The aging well challenge is clearly great – by 2030, one of every four Americans will be over age 60, and 90 percent of those over age 65 will have one or more chronic conditions. In addition, 10 million veterans – a population that brings with it additional unique mental and physical health needs – are over age 65. These realities demand outof the box thinking and a collaborative approach to find solutions to aging well. We invite you to join us to push the boundaries and break down the barriers to innovation that will enable older adults live happily and healthily as they age.