I’ve been thinking about an upcoming author event, where I’ll be discussing Technology for Seniors. First, some details. If you’re in the area, stop by.
David Peterka: Technology for Seniors
Open Book in Shorewood, WI
Saturday, April 24, 1pm – 2pm
I’ll cover the basic background first:
* What is Senior Technology?
* Why are companies drooling at the growing (and changing) Senior demographic?
* What types of products (or categories) are included in the “Senior Technology” product group? (Hint: There are lots.)
That’s the easy stuff. Now I need to figure out which products/technologies I’m going to demonstrate. Here are a few ideas:
* Online chat and video chat. A quick demo on how you can chat with your kid or grandkid online.
* Fall detection device. A demo on how these devices automatically detect a fall and then send a message (text or phone call) to either a monitoring service or trusted contact. (Note: I’m a little nervous about demonstrating this due to a bruised tail bone. I’m not as good of an ice skater as I thought.)
* Electronic pill dispenser. I think this would be really good for people to see. Taking incorrect medications at incorrect times is a serious problem among seniors. Many haven’t heard about these devices. The price tag at first seems a little steep, but not when compared to a trip to the ER.
* iPhone. Maybe I would just demonstrate how to send a text. This is much easier on the iPhone and would demystify what those kids are always typing on their phones.
That’s all I have so far. If you have a suggestion for a Senior product or service I should talk about, let me know and I’ll see if I can work it in.