Thriving in Community: Integrating Technology in Older Adult's Daily Living Routines

Palo Alto
Mon, Aug 27, 2018, 4:00 PM (PDT)

Palo Alto

Older adults are poised to leap ahead to more effective ways of connecting using augmented intelligence, monitoring, computer vision, and other innovations. Developers and user organizations will discuss how to use new digital engagement systems to improve operations and quality of life. 

Very low cost wireless electronic sensor and communications hardware is beginning to have a major effect on how older adults will connect socially and engage their healthcare and daily living services. Many local innovators are developing easy to install and use products employing voice first natural language processes, AI human activity recognition, and computer vision applications to help older adults everywhere live more connected, empowered and independent lives.

There are many issues to address. The care ecosystem is complex and disparate presenting an extraordinarily complicated systems integration problem. All older adult’s need safe and private network connections. They need power tools for aging; new kinds of servcies and ways of engaging service loops in the home. Essential care labor productivity and quality of life improvements may require significant changes in care service provider workflows.

Local representatives from leading organizations spanning the spectrum of use from in-home care through independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, and long-term care / PACE will gather with leading innovative product designers to discuss their plans to develop and use these new tools. One goal is to determine what collaborations might be possible to address common barriers and problems faced in accelerating deployment and adoption.

The program will include a keynote presentation by Laurie Orlov, founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch and local expert panelists, including:

--Sandy Jen, Co-founder at Honor, an innovative provider of in-home senior care, helping older adults continue to live well and independently at home.

--Shelly Symonds, Chief Marketing Officer and Partner at Clairvoyant Networks / Theora Care

--Rosemary Jordan, VP Business Development and Strategy, Elder Care Alliance, will report on their recent study on a social robot, conducted in collaboration with MIT Digital Media Lab.

--Kevin Dulsky, Business Innovation at Lighthouse AI

--Alisa Frik, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Computer Science Institute, will discuss security of emerging healthcare technologies for seniors.

--Eric Gee, Director, Avenidas Generations Lab will discuss the need for a collaborative engagement platform for senior care products and services that provides easy access and exposes new products, evaluated by their peers.

There will be table top displays by innovators. Food and drink is included with admission. There will be plenty of time for networking.

This event is co-produced by Aging2.0 Palo Alto Chapter and Avenidas Generations Lab.


Avenidas at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, #I-2, Palo Alto, 94303


Aging2.0 Palo Alto Chapter is the local chapter of Aging2.0, a global platform on a mission to accelerate innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. Chapters bring together innovators in the aging and senior care space, break down industry silos and educate and encourage others to work in the aging innovation industry. Membership is free. Want to be a part of the Aging2.0 Palo Alto Chapter volunteer team to help make future events happen? Email Mick for more info.

Avenidas is a leading innovator, and the premier community service organization for older adults in Silicon Valley. Avenidas Generations Lab (AGL) is working to help startups and innovators develop and deploy new products. Find out what AGL can do for you and how to including AGL's services in your plans. 


  • Laurie Orlov

    Laurie Orlov

    Aging in Place Technology Watch

    Industry Analyst

    See Bio
  • Sandy Jen

    Sandy Jen

    Honor Technologies


    See Bio
  • Rosemary Jordan

    Rosemary Jordan

    Elder Care Alliance

    VP Business Development + Strategy

    See Bio
  • Alisa Frik

    Alisa Frik

    International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)

    Post Doctoral Fellow

    See Bio
  • Shelly Symonds

    Shelly Symonds

    Clairvoyant Networks-Theora Care

    Chief Marketing Officer + Partner

  • Kevin Dulsky

    Kevin Dulsky

    Lighthouse AI

    Business Innovation


  • Mick Fitzgerald

    Mick Fitzgerald



  • Eric Gee

    Eric Gee

    Avenidas Generations Lab



Monday, Aug 27
4:00 PM - 7:45 PM (PDT)


Avenidas at Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Rd, #I-2 Palo Alto94303


  • Mick Fitzgerald

    Mick Fitzgerald



  • Eric Gee

    Eric Gee

    Avenidas Generations Lab


  • Denise Yarmlak

    Denise Yarmlak



  • Shalini Gupta

    Shalini Gupta

    Senior Center

    Technology Tutor

  • Vada Dean

    Vada Dean

    Dean & Associates


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