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Join us for Sacramento chapter’s Aging2.0 “Smart Home: Aging-in-Place” event on Saturday, September 29th from 1 to 4 pm at the Orangevale Community Center (6826 Hazel Ave, Orangevale).
Learn about how we can remain in our homes and maintain our independence as we age. We will showcase age-in-place friendly designs, smart-home technology and retrofitting ideas for your home to accommodate the challenges of aging. Topics will cover the evolution of Smart Home technology and trends. Whether you’re caring for a loved one or your planning for your own future, you don’t want to miss the guest speakers and products that will give you an idea of what the future holds. This is a great place to get business ideas as well as home ideas.
Guest speakers include:
Chris McIlwain of McIlwain Mobility Solutions will give attendees a lot to consider as he presents on auto, home and appliance accessibility, bathroom and kitchen solutions, lifting and transferring equipment and mobility aids. He will share about some of the retrofitting projects he has been involved in.
Realtor Elizabeth Williams with her SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation, specializes in the Seniors market. She will cover topics on homes to Age-in-Place, independent living, housing and financing options.
SMUD’s Lighting Specialist Connie Samla who will educate us on the importance of lighting as we age and how different light scenarios can help energize us during the day and help us sleep sounder at night.
As the demographic shift is tipping the balance towards older adults, we are moving into a world ripe for gerontechnology and innovative solutions. At this event, examples of such products will be shared. CraigCares has designed SensorSAFE, a system of passive monitoring using motion, open/closed, and pressure mat sensors. The sensors are strategically placed in the home to provide real-time information for the family and professional monitors. Electronic Caregiver is an automated home health care system integrating activity detection, medication reminders, connectivity to caregivers and EMT response operators and healthcare providers.
Entry is free; however, registration is required. By registering at the Aging2.0 site, attendees will receive raffle tickets for several free gifts including donations from McIlwain Mobility Solutions, AARP, Aging2.0 Sacramento chapter and more. Winners must be present.
For more information, contact Sacramento@Aging2.com.
Sponsors who made this program possible include Interim Healthcare Hospice, Craig Cares & SensorSAFE, Revere Court, Sutter Health - Sutter Care at Home, Summerset Senior Living, Electronic Caregiver and chapter supporter Genesis Rehab Services.
Speaker schedule is as follows:
1:10-1:30: Keri Vogtmann, Chapter Ambassador for Aging2.0, Blogger "GeronTechWorld.com"
Topic: Aging2.0, Gerontechnology, Smart Homes
1:35-1:55: Elizabeth Williams, Licensed Real Estate Agent, SRES
Topic: Aging-in-Place - is my home ready? Housing alternatives to help Seniors stay in their home longer
2:00-2:20: Craig Falk, Founder & CEO, Craig Cares
Topic: SensorSAFE - a response to the skyrocketing cost of in-home care
2:25-2:45: Chris McIlwain, Founder of McIlwain Mobility Solutions
Topic: Proactivity - The Smart Way to Age in Place
2:50-3:10: Connie Samla, Lighting Specialist for SMUD
Topic: Life-Changing Lighting
3:15-3:35: Dot Boyd, Regional Director for Electronic Caregiver
Topic: Electronic Caregiver
3:40-4:00: Elizabeth Dodson, Co-Founder of HomeZada
Topic: Digital Home Management As We Age
Real Estate Agent
McIlwain Mobility Solutions
Craig Cares & SensorSAFE
Elizabeth Z. Williams is a licensed real estate agent practicing in the Sacramento Metro area. She specializes in the Seniors market, with the SRES® (Seniors Real Estate Specialist) designation. Elizabeth believes “Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires an expert understanding of their lifestyle and financial needs; the SRES designation gives me that understanding."
Connie Samla is SMUD’s Lighting Specialist and is a resource in lighting design for commercial and residential customers with over 25 years-experience. Connie develops, teaches and coordinates workshops focusing on good lighting designs for different applications including how lighting affects our health. Connie has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas, a Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Studies and is a registered electrical engineer.
Chris McIlwain earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from CSUS in Jan 1995. He picked up a variety of skills during his education as well as the different jobs he had throughout his varied career. His first corporate job, started in 1992 at Schilling Robotics in Davis, California. He first worked in the quality control department and work his way up to become a lead engineer on the Orion Hydraulic Tele-Robotic arm that was used up to 20,000 feet below the Ocean surface. These were being mounted to the front of Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV’s). Here, he learned about high pressure hydraulics as well as complex machines and integrated control systems. It was also during the design of the Orion arm that he earned a US Patent on a rotatory hydraulic roll actuator.
Next, he worked for Motion Control Engineering in Rancho Cordova as a sales engineer to help support salespeople by determining the appropriate equipment to meet the specifications of various projects. This required him to work in the test department for three months to learn how the controls would operate and interface with the elevators throughout the world. His understanding of how to troubleshoot complex control systems was honed here. He eventually became the Northeast Sale rep and had a 12-million-dollar territory selling elevator controllers, motors, door operators and other items associated with modernizing an elevator system. His territory covered from Washington DC to Pennsylvania back up to Maine. Here, he made many connections with elevator contractors.
In 2005, he decided to help a friend who was operating a small civil engineering firm up in Nevada City called Geddings Engineering. He performed structural engineering for general contractors and home owners who were building or remodeling their homes as well as businesses. In 2007, he installed his first stairlift and the client said, “I haven’t been up the stairs in two years.” This had a profound effect of how he felt when he realized he could make a big difference in how people were living by helping them with the safety and independence.
In 2007, he started McIlwain Mobility Service as a side business and began to apply his problem-solving skills to help people improve their mobility and Independence in their home, automobiles and recreational activities. In 2008, when the housing market crashed, so did his structural engineering work. This is when he decided to go full time into solving people’s problems dealing with accessibility and independence. Fast forward to 2018 and now he has a specialty contractor license that allows him to specify and install handicap equipment in peoples home as well as a general B building license #979962 that allows him to modify homes to make them fully accessible for his clients. He uses his engineering background and skills to come up with creative solutions that allow people to age-in-place in the home they love.
Craig Falk is the owner of Craig Cares, a Roseville, CA company that provides caregivers to seniors who are still living in their own homes. His compassion, patience, and integrity are well suited to the challenges of home care. Prior to founding Craig Cares in 2002, Craig worked for Cardinal Health in Folsom, CA for 11 years. Craig Cares has over 120 active caregivers and has provided service to over 3,000 clients since 2002. In 2006, Craig was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award by the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. In 2010 he published the booklet, Safe and Sound at Home - A Guide to Finding the Best Caregiver. Craig is past President of the Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center Board of Directors and a past Board Member for CAHSAH (California Association of Health Services at Home). Craig received his Bachelor's Degree from California State University, Chico and Master's Degree from San Francisco State University.
Like so many of us in the senior care industry, Dot Boyd has personal experience as a family caregiver, thrust in to action to help her parents fulfill their desire to age at home. As an advocate for her parents, Dot became a trusted resource for extended family and friends who were going through the same experience with their aging loved ones. Dot brings that empathy and first-hand understanding of the challenges facing seniors, families and caregivers, to her role as Regional Director of Electronic Caregiver. Dot has a passion for helping seniors preserve their independence and dignity, by using the latest technology developed specifically for the needs of seniors and for those who have the privilege of caring for them.
Electronic Caregiver’s mission is to preserve the independence and extend the life of the large population of people at risk of incident, incapacitation or death, due to the effects of physical challenges, disabilities, serious illness or aging. We empower seniors and those with serious health concerns with the ability to live at home. We also protect them from the often-catastrophic consequences of unattended injuries.
Keri Vogtmann has a passion for gerontechnology. It’s the pinnacle of her cross-sector experience in finance and global supplier management in the high tech industry, non-profit leadership and program management in healthcare information technology and the public sector. She is currently a Consultant to the Veterans Health Administration.
Born with a heart filled with wanderlust, Keri has traveled to 27 countries, living abroad 6 times, and counting. She has a master’s degree in international relations. Her quest is to discover the best gerontological practices and innovation across the globe, cross-pollinate those ideas and implement best-in-class solutions with those organizations that strive to improve the quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers.
As a globetrotter in search of greater knowledge and serving others, Keri is the Ambassador for the Sacramento Chapter of Aging2.0, Commissioner on the Adult & Aging Commission for Sacramento County and a member of the International Society of Gerontechnology. Fully committed to exploring this rapidly evolving industry, she has travelled domestically and to Canada, Japan, and Denmark. She’s been a guest speaker on “Wearable Technology” at American River College’s “Together Toward Tomorrow” gerontology conference.
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