Aging Parents: Medical Technology for Aging in Place

On April 22, 2010, the US Senate Special Committee on Aging convened a hearing, Aging in Place: The National Broadband Plan and Bringing Health Care Technology Home (view webcast of the hearing at  bottom of committee page). The concept of Aging in Place is becoming a mantra, not only for our aging parents but for people my age (boomers) who are thinking about retirement even as we help to support our parents.

The Senate hearing is compelling because the people who testified (testimonies are available here as PDF files) are all deeply committed to developing and using broadband technology tools that can help people age with grace as well as  monitor medical conditions, all in the comfort of their homes. Three of the witnesses are involved with the development of these wireless broadband medical devices:

To gain a better understanding of passive medical monitoring tools that can work over broadband, watch this video from the Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST).

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