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List of aging innovation resources

Here's a partial list that I'll add to over the coming weeks of groups that I think are doing a good job around innovation and aging, together with a short summary, mostly taken from their site. They offer a good primer for those starting to explore these issues. I'll be speaking to as many of them as I can in the following weeks and months, and posting the results of the interviews here.

Academic

  • Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (link). "The Stanford Center on Longevity is working to transform the culture of human aging. The Center studies the nature and development of the entire human life span, looking for innovative ways to use science and technology to solve the problems of people over 50 and improve the well-being of people of all ages. Meeting these challenges includes changing our health-care system, our entitlement programs, and our personal behaviors and lifestyles."
  • The Center for Vital Longevity, University of Texas, Dallas, TX (link). "The Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas at Dallas is dedicated to unlocking the secrets of the aging mind and the maintenance of cognitive health. Led by co-directors Dr. Denise Park andDr. Michael Rugg, center scientists use advanced brain-imaging technology and research techniques in cognitive science with the aim of understanding, maintaining and improving the vitality of the aging mind."
  • MIT Age Lab, Boston, MA (link). "The MIT AgeLab was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s healthand enable them to “do things” throughout the lifespan."

Non-profit

  • Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR (link)
  • Center for Technology and Aging, Oakland, CA (link). "The Center is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 with a grant from The SCAN Foundation and is affiliated with the Public Health Institute. Our purpose is to advance the diffusion of technologies that help older adults lead healthier lives and maintain independence."
  • Leading Age (link). "LeadingAge is an association of 5,400 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. We advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that supports, enables and empowers people to live fully as they age." A group of non-profits focused on the space, that contains the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST).
  • AARP (link). AARP is a "nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives."

Business groups

  • Global Coalition on Aging (link). This is a group I've just met based out of New York, run by ex long-term Pfizer exec Michael Hodin, and seems to have a deep understanding of the connections between aging and corporations. This from their website, "The Global Coalition on Aging aims to reshape how global leaders approach and prepare for the 21st century's profound shift in population aging. The Coalition uniquely brings together global corporations across industry sectors with common strategic interests in aging populations, a comprehensive and systemic understanding of aging, and an optimistic view of its impact. Through research, public policy analysis, advocacy and communication, the Coalition will advance innovative solutions and work to ensure global aging is a path for fiscally sustainable economic growth, social value creation and wealth
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  • AgeTek - Aging Technology Alliance (link). AgeTek's vision is to "promote the awareness, benefits and value of products and services for our aging society while directly benefiting our members by evolving into the world’s leading aging-focused technology consortium"

Venture Capital / Private Equity

  • North Castle Partners (link). "North Castle is the leading small cap consumer private equity firm focused in the Health, Wellness & Active Living Sector."

Blogs & Media

  • Disruptive Demographics (link). "New thinking on the impacts of aging, social trends & technology on business innovation & public policy" by Dr. Joseph Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab.
  • Aging Online (link). Blog focused on online activities of aging population, by Jamie Carracher at Edelman's Washington, DC office.
  • The New Old Age (link). Blog by NY Times staff regarding aging issues.
  • Aging in Place Technology Watch (link). Technology blog by Laurie Orlov that provides "thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and related services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice".
  • Louis Tenenbaum.com - Aging in Place Ideas (link). Blog about aging in place from someone who's worked on the inside - as a former carpenter and contractor, and is now a business consultant. Wrote a white paper for MetLife on the topic.

Corporates

  • Intel / GE - Care Innovations (link)
  • MetLife Mature Market Institute (link)
  • Philips (Lifeline) (link)

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