- Grand Challenges
- Network Sponsorship
- Thought Leadership
The aging demographic is on the rise. In the next 20 years the number of people 65+ in the US will increase from 43M to 85M. These "boomers" are technically savvy, are living longer and more active lives, and represent 82% of the US wealth. They will get what they want, and they want to "age in place" in the homes and towns where they live today.
But how do we support a large and distributed aging population? That's the $29.8 billion question, which is the expected market size by 2022 for "active aging" technology according to the Consumer Technology Association.
This has tech companies from (A) Apple to (Z) Zanthion, thinking, innovating, and creating products for this emerging market. And it's not just technology solutions. Older Americans face new challenges as traditional institutions that provided social networks for the elderly have weakened, leaving them more isolated and lonely. Finding transportation, meals, and even basic human connection becomes more difficult as we age.
Join Ms. Pinto, Maine's new AARP President, as she kicks off the event by sharing some provocative facts to get the audience thinking about the problems aging presents, and some of the current technologies in the marketplace helping people age in place.
Leda Rosenthal will then take the stage via webinar from her hometown of Chicago. Leda is a millennial CEO who founded Alzyouneed.com, a digital marketplace and matching service for families seeking dementia assistive technology. Leda will share her personal story about her mother's diagnosis with early-onset dementia, and her determination to find the best caregiving technologies to help alleviate these challenges.
Our final presenter, is one of our own outstanding Maine millennial entrepreneurs who is also operating now in the aging space, Aron Semle. Aron co-founded upByte in 2018, which is focused on the use of technology to help care and provide independence for the elderly. Aron will share his story of why and how he made the jump into aging, and why Maine is the perfect incubator for companies focused in the space.
Will you be the next big innovator in the aging space?
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My career spans a variety of ‘creating roles’ – new businesses, new divisions, new markets, new products, and new enterprises. I’ve owned several small businesses. Up until the most recent past, my most cherished role was working directly with lobstermen and blueberry farmers to help them business plan.
In late 1917, I became passionate about using my talents to change the way people approach and think about the Aging process.
I currently wear two hats. I am the Aging2.0 Local Brand Ambassador in Maine and the AARP Maine State Volunteer President.
Leda is the Founder and CEO of Alz You Need, a digital marketplace and matching service for families seeking dementia assistive technology. Leda became passionate about innovative caregiving methods when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease during her first year at Colgate University. Now, as part of LinkedIn’s Business Leadership Program and the 2018 AARP Caregiver Accelerator, the 22-year-old social entrepreneur is dedicated to sharing technology she has both built and used, with families just like hers.
Aron is the co-founder of upByte, a company in Portland, Maine focused on technology to help care and provide independence for our elderly. upByte's first product is called upBed, and is focused on preventing falls in nursing homes. Aron's background is industrial manufacturing, but he was introduced to the aging space after winning a wearable hackathon in 2016. Aron is fascinated by the challenges and opportunities an aging population presents, and feels that Maine, with the highest median age in the nation, is the place to build a company focused on these opportunities.
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