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Join the Aging2.0 Kansas City chapter and KC Digital Drive for “Impacting Aging Well with Smart Homes & Smart Home Assistants” event on Tuesday, September 25th at 6:00 pm at the Sprint Accelerator (210 W 19th Terrace Kansas City).
Whether we or our loved ones decide to age-in-place or live in a senior living community we all desire to live long, healthy and purposeful lives. Smart home and smart home assistant technology address opportunities and challenges with aging and hold great promise for the future of aging.
Kicking off our agenda will be presentations from three leading innovators in smart home and smart home assistant technology that enables aging well both in senior living communities and at home.
Tim Whelehan, Director Growth, K4Connect
K4Connect is a mission-centered technology company creating connected-life solutions that serve and empower older adults and individuals living with disabilities. K4Connect’s products encourage simpler, healthier and happier lives by integrating the latest technologies, enabling more independent and healthier lives, while fostering increased social connection. The Company’s first product, K4Community, is specifically designed for the residents, staff and operators of senior living communities and currently serves thousands across the U.S.
Rob Howdeshell, Director of Sales - US, Sofihub
Sofihub is a digital assisted living solution using Artificial Intelligence (AI) and sensor technology to support seniors to live independently. Sofihub observes and learns normal behavior in their home, Sofihub can then identify abnormal behavior and raise alerts. Sofihub is also a personal home assistant delivering greetings, medication reminders and hydration alerts. Sofihub was developed in partnership with Deakin University Software and Technology Innovation Laboratories in Melbourne, AU.
Joe Colistra, Architect / Professor, KU School of Architecture and Design
Joe is leading research being conducted in conjunction with the KU Medical Center to identify health markers collected by sensors in smart home designs. Sensors embedded in apartments can identify a number of health issues such as falls, limp, dehydration, diabetes, dysfunction in reflexes, stroke, heart attack, and perhaps even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The Smart Floor system they are developing allows not only for remote monitoring of seniors but uses predictive analytics to identify patterns that would allow residents and caregivers better understand the barriers to healthy living in later years.
An in-depth panel discussion will follow the presentations
Moderator: Mark Logan, Founder, idealect
idealect is a social innovation design firm based in Kansas City. idealect uses human-centered design methods to help clients in the private, non-profit and civic sectors achieve social impact through innovation.
Ryan Fischer, VP of Business Development, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care
Tutera is one of the nation's premier providers of senior care including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, memory care, and home health and hospice.
Tim Whelehan, K4Connect
Rob Howdeshell, Sofihub
Joe Colistra, KU School of Architecture and Design
Entry is free; however, registration is required via ordering a free ticket.
Director of Sales - US
KU School of Architecture and Design
Architect / Professor
Rob has worked in the Aged Care space for many years and is passionate about our Seniors! He worked many years in Nursing Home Administration and then moved into sales to the Senior Care market.
Approx one year ago, Sofihub contacted Rob to join their team to develop the North American market.
Rob earned his undergraduate degree in marketing and a graduate degree in Gerontology from the University of Central Missouri.
Mid-America Regional Council
Director, Department of Aging and Adult Services
Tutera Senior Living & Health Care
VP of Business Development
James oversees the administration of programs and services for older adults as a designated Area Agency on Aging and also supports civic initiatives and emerging community partnerships to promote an age-friendly region. He holds a doctorate in human environmental sciences from the University of Missouri–Columbia and a master’s degree in family studies and human services from Kansas State University, both with an emphasis in gerontology. James joined MARC in 2017.
Aging2.0 Kansas City Chapter
KC Digital Drive
Consultant and Community Health Strategist
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