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Every year, 1 of every 3 US adults over 65 experience a fall, with almost 1 of 5 sustaining a serious injury. The CDC reports that people who fall are two to three times as likely to fall again, and each fall increases the chances of serious injury or even death. Protecting seniors from falls is a health, wellness, and quality of life imperative.
Aging2.0 Philadelphia is pleased to host 3 experts for a fascinating discussion on industry innovations to protect seniors from falls. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from the experts then join each individual for an interactive virtual discussion. Our panel includes:
Rebeca Sternbach. Rebecca is an Occupational Therapist and an Accessibility Consultant and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. She is a part of The Adaptive Modifications Program (AMP) of the Philadelphia Housing Department which is designed to help low-income individuals with permanent physical disabilities live more independently at home.
Wamis Singhatat. Wamis is CTO and VP of Product Development at ActiveProtective. He has 20 years of experience developing wearable and implantable medical devices in orthopedics and injury prevention, focused on creating meaningful products that elevate the standard of care.
Steve Kaufman. Steve is the Founder and CEO of Hands-Free Inc., maker of Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes. Steve created Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes that allow people to easily get in and out of the shoes without the need to bend over or use their hands
Ability Home Solutions
CTO and VP of Product Development
Rebeca Sternbach is an Occupational Therapist and an Accessibility Consultant and Certified Aging in Place Specialist. Rebeca worked as the Assistant Supervisor of Acute Care Occupational Therapy at New York-Presbyterian Hospital treating patients in their immediate recovery from neurological, orthopedic, and chronic conditions. She also coordinated discharge planning, at-home equipment recommendations, and referrals for follow-up services.
Drawing upon her experiences, Rebeca owns her own company, Ability Home Solutions, which specializes in allowing those who are living with a cognitive or physical disability or concern related to aging to stay in their homes for as long as they are safely able to do so. She works with clients and caregivers to perform home safety assessments and accessibility evaluations. She also advises on equipment recommendations and is passionate about helping to prevent falls and allow for greater accessibility.
Rebeca holds an Executive Certification in Home Modification from the University of Southern California and several specialty certifications related to Parkinson’s care. She is a part of The Adaptive Modifications Program (AMP) through the Philadelphia Housing Department which is designed to help low-income individuals with permanent physical disabilities live more independently in their homes. She is a member of the Home Modification Occupational Therapy Alliance that is an organization of over 1,000 Occupational Therapists nationwide.
Steve is the Founder and CEO of Hands-Free Inc. – Maker of Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes. Prior to Hands-Free, Steve had a varied career. After receiving degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, he worked as a robotics engineer in Japan. Then he returned to New York to manage his family’s retail cheese store, followed by opening his own gourmet food store and catering business.
Inspired by his son’s medical condition, Steve created Quikiks Hands-Free Shoes that allow people to easily get in and out of the shoes without the need to bend over or use their hands. The company’s mission is to improve the quality-of-life and increase the independence and safety for the millions of people with various physical and cognitive challenges that make it difficult or impossible for them to put on their own shoes.
Steve is also the President of the Board of Directors of SDC, a non-profit agency that provides residential and day habilitation services for people with disabilities.
Quikiks were one of Aging2.0’s 2015 Global Startup Search winners and were named “Best Caregiving Innovation of 2017” by Caregiving.com.
Wamis Singhatat is CTO and VP of Product Development at ActiveProtective. He has 20 years of experience developing wearable and implantable medical devices in orthopedics and injury prevention, focused on creating meaningful products that elevate the standard of care. An optimist and idealist at heart, his mission is now to make hip fractures in the elderly a preventable condition. Wamis received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Akron and his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He holds 27 patents and has authored multiple papers on medical technology in peer-reviewed journals.
Head of Product
Joshua LIttlejohn, MPH, MSN, RN, envoyatHome Head of Product, is a clinician, public health specialist and healthcare services expert. He leverages over 10 years of experience across the healthcare ecosystem to create products and experiences that bring value to patients, providers, and communities. He has a particular passion for products that not only keep us healthy, but foster better connections between people.
He began his career in healthcare as a bedside nurse at Tulane Hospital in New Orleans. Since 2015 he has focused on enhancing delivery of home and community care using technology. He is the former Director of the Penn Biotech Group Healthcare Consulting organization of The Wharton School of Business where he led project teams focused on product market fit, pricing strategy, and customer discovery.
Joshua is a Product Owner at Penn Medicine, where he leads the development of new data products for surgery, neurology, and clinical research stakeholders. He is certified in EPIC EHR and holds the certification GIMI Level II – Innovation Master from the Global Innovation Management Institute.
His diverse background in bedside nursing, public health, clinical informatics, and technology has provided a solid platform on which he has created a range of products. These include communication toolkits used by community health workers in rural Africa, cloud-based data visualization products for multi-hospital health systems, and consumer-facing digital healthcare platforms delivering virtual caregiving to families and clinicians under DaaS and SaaS models.
Joshua leads the envoyatHome Product work to ensure its clinical relevance and frictionless integration into the healthcare ecosystem. He holds an MPH and an MSN-HLMP from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed RN and earned his RN-BSN from Louisiana State University. He also holds a BS in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from Clemson University. Joshua was recently named Deputy Ambassador of the Philadelphia Chapter of Aging2.0, and is an enthusiastic leader of global Hackathons, most recently COVID-19 solutions events sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
CEO and co-founder
Robert Blatt is Co-Founder and CEO of envoyatHome, Inc. Founded in 2016, envoyatHome fulfills his vision to create a smarter way to care for seniors who live alone.
He joins the Aging Technology space after a successful career in the Financial Services industry. Rob recognized that Healthcare’s new landscape – a regulated world where data differentiates, fractions matter and return on investment rules – mirrored his experience in financial services. Believing that senior caregiving is an industry ripe for digital transformation, Rob used his experience to create envoyatHome.
Rob is an alumnus of the Wharton School of Business and holds both a BS and MS in Computer Engineering from Boston University. As an active member of his local community, Rob is the founding Treasurer and sits on the board of directors of Sustainable South Jersey. Rob has recently been appointed as Philadelphia Ambassador of Aging2.0, an international organization that strives to accelerate innovation to address the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging.
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