Are You Ready for the Next Wave of Technology Change?

Digital Readiness Digital readiness refers to what people do with information and communications technology and what they know about the opportunities and risks of using it. It focuses on what technology people have: what it is, how to get it, and how to use it. The issue has become more important as digital networks extend far beyond home computers and phones to include more objects of everyday life such as appliances, cars, thermostats and clothing. This growing “Internet of Things” …

Adult Children: Put the Phone Away and Let’s Talk

As a college professor, I made a radical decision about a year ago: I banned smartphones and laptops during class. Honestly, I can’t compete with Facebook or an Internet flash sale or texts from friends. My students now take their notes the old-fashioned way with pen on paper. And it turns out that students who take notes by hand learn better. Now I’d like to do the same with cellphones at home and social gatherings. The biggest generation gap is …

Hearing Loss Solutions Need More Technology, Federal Support

With only a fraction of the estimated 30 million older Americans with age-related hearing loss using hearing devices, “the time is ripe for a technology solution that could be helped along by federal action,” said geriatrician Christine Cassel, M.D., last week in a report on hearing issues before a government advisory council. Cassel, a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), reported her committee’s findings on how technology could help those with mild to moderate age-related …

Boomer Coaches’ New Game Plan for Millennial Players

The NFL kicks off on Sept. 10, bringing to an end weeks of preseason training for the teams. But the players weren’t the only people learning a new game book. Teams from San Francisco to New York have brought in consultants to teach boomer coaches how to better interact with millennial players. Coming off a dismal 6-10 season, the New York Giants last spring hired two psychologists and an executive coach to work with the team, especially those players with …

AARP Expands Reach to Close Tech Gap Among Older Adults

It seems unbelievable that in 2015 there are so many Americans who don’t use the Internet.  A recent Washington Post article describes why this is the case. Of the next six adults you meet, chances are one of them has never sent an email. By the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest count, 15 percent of U.S. adults, or about 37 million people, don’t use the Web. For the most part, they are poorer, older and undereducated, according to the Pew Research …

Aging Conference: How Innovative Solutions Work for All Generations

From technological innovation to physical activity to universal design — what works to make life easier and healthier for one generation can work equally well for another, according to speakers at the White House Conference on Aging on July 13. The once-a-decade conference “opens the door to creating innovative solutions that make life better for all people as they age,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in her address to the attendees. In afternoon panel discussions, presenters emphasized that everyone …