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Aging-in-place technology: challenges and trends



SAVE THE DATE: April 6, 1 p.m. ET

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to aging in place. When the challenges older adults face are not adequately addressed, that person either lives with a lot of risk or is forced out of the place they'd prefer to live. Health technology is the answer for some. But there are challenges, including privacy issues, cost and useability. Our expert panel will lay out some of the issues that arise as families try to support a parent's desire to age in place. We'll also look at one demo project that could help and highlight some of the latest tech trends that health reporters should have on their radar.

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Leslie Kernisan

Jeffrey Kaye

Laurie M. Orlov

Liz Seegert

Karen Blum

  • Leslie Kernisan, M.D., M.P.H., is a practicing geriatrician and the founder of the popular aging health website and podcast, which she created to help families and older adults learn better ways to manage aging health challenges. She is also a clinical instructor in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. Dr. Kernisan has a special interest in the practical problems families encounter while assisting aging parents, including how to help them age-in-place. She has been running “Helping Older Parents” online courses and group coaching programs since 2018, and is the author of the book, "When Your Aging Parent Needs Help: A geriatrician's step-by-step guide to memory loss, resistance, safety worries and more."

  • Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., is the Layton Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at Oregon Health and Science University. He directs the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology, the Oregon Roybal Center for Care Support Translational Research Advantaged by Integrating Technology, and the NIA-Layton Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at OHSU. He leads or has led several longitudinal studies on aging and clinical trials including: Intelligent Systems for Detection of Aging Changes, the ORCATECH Life Laboratory, Ambient Independence Measures for Guiding Care Transitions, and the Collaborative Aging Research using Technology Initiative studies, all using pervasive computing and sensing technologies for assessment and interventions. He is listed in Best Doctors in America. He serves on many national and international panels and boards in the fields of geriatrics, neurology and technology. He is an author of over 400 scientific publications and holds several major grant awards from federal agencies, national foundations and industrial sponsors.

  • Laurie M. Orlov, a tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging and Health Technology Watch — market research, trends, blogs and reports that provide thought leadership, analysis and guidance about health and aging-related technologies and services that enable boomers and seniors to sustain and improve their quality of life. In her previous career, Laurie spent many years in the technology industry, including nine years at analyst firm Forrester Research. She has spoken regularly and delivered keynote speeches at forums, industry consortia, conferences, and symposia, most recently on the business of technology for boomers and seniors. She advises large organizations as well as non-profits and entrepreneurs about trends and opportunities in the age-related technology market.  She has a graduate certification in geriatric care management from the University of Florida and a bachelor's in music from the University of Rochester. Laurie has been named one of the Top 50 Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue and one of the women leading global innovation on age tech 2020.

  • Co-moderator Liz Seegert (@lseegert), is AHCJ’s topic leader on aging. Her work has appeared in, Journal of Active Aging, Cancer Today, Kaiser Health News and other outlets. She is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Policy and Media Engagement at George Washington University and co-produces the HealthCetera podcast.

  • Co-moderator Karen Blum is AHCJ’s core topic leader on health IT. An independent journalist in the Baltimore area, she has written health IT stories for publications such as Pharmacy Practice News, Clinical Oncology News, Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, General Surgery News and Infectious Disease Special Edition.