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“Person centred care” — sounds a lot like “person-centered design”

Medical schools (notoriously short on geriatric programs) are trying to give med students some insight into the lives of their older patients via virtual reality. Students can put on a VR headset ( to experience the world through the eyes and ears of someone with advanced macular degeneration and high-frequency hearing loss. This is a […]

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U Maine's Assistive Jogger

Assistive Jogger: Rolling out of another Cross-Disciplinary Program

  Sometimes, people really balk at the prospect of using a walker. Even those who could really benefit. Maybe they believe that using a walker will stigmatize as them, label them as old and feeble, represent a loss of independence to them. Another take, however, is that a walker can allow someone to keep socially engaged and […]

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Can Aging Really Be the New Black?

A couple of articles caught my eye last week, and my mind merged them into this post. First, NPR reporter Ina Jaffe was interviewed by Scott Simon in  At Aging Conference, Aging Is the New Black. The title comes from an Old Is the New Black* T-shirt she saw at the Aging in America Conference. Second, Fast Company’s 25 […]

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Design Challenges and Other Events

It’s a busy season for aging-related design challenges, forums, exhibitions, and conferences. Recent and upcoming events include: August 2013: OpenIDEO announced the winners of their Design Challenge, sponsored by the Mayo Clinic. Running from June-August, the theme was “How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age?” The 6 winning proposals included creating […]

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Although I’ve never owned a Kindle, I’m familiar with them because they are so prominently featured on’s home page (which I visit often).   Something about the recently-launched Kindle Fire HDX caught my eye:  the inclusion of a Mayday button. Tapping on Mayday brings up a video chat window with a tech support person.  This […]

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