In This Episode:
Dr. K talks with Richard Caro, PhD, a co-founder of Tech-Enhanced Life, who facilitates ongoing “Longevity Explorer” meetings in which older adults come together to discuss interests, challenges, and new technologies. They discuss:
- Why Richard and his colleagues decided to start these peer-to-peer technology conversations among older adults
- The types of technologies and challenges that older adults have brought up
- What some Longevity Explorers thought of Alexa and other technologies
- Why innovators and businesses should tap into the insights of older adults
- The importance of purpose and engagement in late life
- How to find or start a Longevity Explorers group in your area
- Tech-Enhanced Life’s recent work on helping companies co-design with older adults, and now also family caregivers
- About the Longevity Explorers
- For people interested in joining or starting a Longevity Explorers group, click here. (Family caregivers are also welcome to sign up.)
- Explorer Insights:
Alan Chun says
I’ve been wanting to let you know how impressed I am with what you are doing with bridging the information gaps between the older population and their families and the communities they live in. I’m an older adult, a family physician whose practice is mostly a geriatric population (mostly the immigrant Asian low income population). The way you present evidence based information in very approachable ways and the way you use different media (blogs, podcasts) to reach out to different populations demonstrate such a big perspective on your part. And yet I can see that you have such a firm foundation in geriatric practice, the nitty gritty and often overwhelming job of providing medical care for older adults.
Thanks so much for what you have given all of us so that we can personally and professionally work together to make the our lives so much better, even as we face the challenges of aging.
Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH says
Dr. Chun, thank you for this kind and thoughtful comment, you’ve made my day! So glad you find the site and podcast worthwhile. Thank you for letting me know… and an even bigger thank you for the work that YOU are doing.