NEST Program at Aging in America

Intervention to Innovation: Technology-Driven Solutions for Aging in Community

Wednesday, March 25 | 11:00 AM–7:30 PM | Hanover F-G

A full-day program presented by ASA’s Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST).

The sessions in this program will examine interventions and innovations that enable older adults to thrive as they age in community. We will explore technology-enabled solutions as tools to maintain and improve health, independence and quality of life. We will describe how city planning and interactive mapping create real-time benefits to older people. Session participants will learn to use technology to expand older adults’ social connections, including exploring virtual communities that offer new experiences for engagement. You also will learn applied practice tools such as virtual platforms and apps that can support older adult education and connect people with each other and community-based organizations.

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Sessions Include:

11:00 AM-Noon | Intervention to Innovation: Implementing Scalable and Sustainable Technology-Enabled Solutions for Older Adults    

Technology-enabled solutions are continuing to grow as a critical and successful tool for providers, government agencies and older adults themselves to maintain and improve health, independence and quality of life. This session will review innovative technology-enabled innovation hubs that have developed health technologies, including telehealth, assistive technologies, sensor/monitoring technologies, mHealth, and data analytics. Results will be presented from technology innovation ecosystems in the U.S. as well as global innovation centers.
Presenters: David Lindeman, MSW, PhD, Director Health, University of California Berkeley; Allison Sekuler, PhD, Managing Director, Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation and Vice-President Research, Baycrest Health Sciences.    

1:30-3:00 PM | Living Environments: Age-Friendly Innovations From Places to Spaces    

Innovation in approaches to aging in place are enhancing the opportunities to support the well-being and quality of life of older adults. At the macro level, smart city planning and interactive mapping create real time benefits to older people and decision makers. Artificial intelligence and data technology create solutions that make long-term independent living an option.
Presenters: Cathy Boyer-Shesol, MPA, KC Communities for All Ages Project Manager, Mid-America Regional Council; Laura Keyes, PhD, Lecturer, Undergraduate Coordinator, University of North Texas; James Stowe, PhD, Director, Aging and Adult Services, Mid-America Regional Council. 

3:30-4:30 PM | Creative Aging Without Walls: Wellness at Your Doorstep        

In our current era of smart phones, self-driving cars and robotic caregiving, many see technology as a barrier to social connection. A growing body of research and applied sciences have shown that technology gives us the ability to encourage social connections, expand creativity and positively impact wellness. This presentation will discuss how virtual platforms can support older adult education and connection. Attendees will learn practical ways in which these concepts can be applied in their work.
Presenters: Sadie Harmon, MFA, Dementia-Inclusive Communities Director, Elder Care Alliance; Jessica McCracken, MPA, Director, Ruth's Table; Katie Wade, LPC, MEd, Director, Social Call, Covia Communities.
5:00-6:00 PM | Community-Wide Technology Supported Innovation: Enabling Aging in Community for All Ages and Abilities

An innovative program of technology-enabled support is being replicated and expanded across Michigan communities. Organizations and residents can use, at no cost to them, a "super app" connecting people with each other and vital community-based organizations, including municipal, social services, healthcare, senior living, etc. Improvements in social determinants of health, lessons learned, new features for 2020 including "eVolunteering" and Video 211 will be presented.
Presenters: Joel Ackerman, MBA, President, CommunO2; Dona Wishart, Executive Director, Otsego County Commission on Aging. 

6:30-7:30 PM | Age-Friendly Livable Communities Peer Group (Hanover E)      

In this peer group we will discuss models and approaches of collaboration for community development that are generative. These approaches recognize, appreciate, connect, engage and build upon existing strengths, assets and initiatives in communities.
Conveners: Cathy Boyer-Shesol, MPA, KC Communities for All Ages Project Manager, Mid-America Regional Council; Terri Worman, MA, Associate State Director, Advocacy & Outreach, AARP Illinois.

6:30-7:30 PM | Technology and Aging Peer Group   

This peer group will discuss the exciting and growing field of technology and aging. Participants are invited to discuss their favorite products, showcase new and existing companies and share exciting opportunities and upcoming trends. Please join us in this diverse peer group to meet other 'techies,' find out the latest and greatest in our field and identify new opportunities.
Convener: Ginna Baik, Senior Care Practice Leader, CDW Healthcare. 

7:30-9:30 PM | NEST Reception (sponsored by USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology)USCDavis_200.jpg

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