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Health District News The Future of Wellness for Older Adults
Connected Aging “Connected Aging” is defined as the development and adaptation of new technologies that can empower older adults to better manage their health, stay connected to their communities and loved ones, and get access to the services they need to remain independent in their homes and other community-based settings.
For more than 65 years, the Peninsula Health Care District (PHCD) has served residents of the Peninsula, addressing the evolving health needs of our community. One particular area of focus continues to be advancing older adult wellness, According to a recent white paper by the Center for as demographic projections show that San Mateo County Technology and Aging, there are four major categories of can expect to see a 72 percent increase in the number of connected aging technologies: older adults (65+) by the year 20301 . Body: Products that support monitoring and To address the impending increase in the demand for management of an older adult’s physiological status health care and long-term care for our aging community, and mental health for maintaining wellness and we must change the way we think about aging, and start to managing chronic conditions. create programs that allow older adults to thrive in their Home Environment: Products that support homes and communities. In addition to living much monitoring and maintaining the functional status of longer than prior generations, the Baby Boom generation older adults in their home environments. is redefining what it means to age well, and a growing array of Internet-based technologies are helping older Community: Technologies that enable older adults adults age in place—a paradigm that we foresee continuing to stay socially connected to their families, friends, to grow as technology evolves. and local communities.
Caregiving: Technologies and products that support both informal and formal caregivers in providing timely and effective care and support to older adults and persons with disabilities in their homes.
Age-Friendly Design In addition to an emergence of new technologies, we are also seeing the transformation of existing communities with agefriendly, socially vibrant urban design, which maximizes life-long wellness. Rather than relocating to a remote, age-restricted community, more and more older adults are interested in a more urban environment, which allows them to stay connected to each other, to the broader community, and to care providers. This cycle of care can effectively mitigate many of the deleterious effects of displacement on older adults and their families.
Additional Resources Aging 2.0 www.aging2.com To learn more about specific “connected aging technology” products, visit www.peninsulahealthcaredistrict.org.
This convergence of urban planning and new technologies will have profound effects on the aging experience. To learn more about the concept of Connected Aging, we invite you to visit www.techandaging.org. San Mateo County Aging Model: Better Planning for Tomorrow; Policy Brief, Issue 2: Sociodemographic Overview titled “The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging in Place”. 1
Peninsula Health Care District Fall 2015 Newsletter