Intel’s Eric Dishman: Tech and Aging in Place Opportunities for Innovation in Oregon

The title of my talk was "Technological Innovation and the Future of Aging"--you can click here to find a free download of the audio cast of the speech--in which I focused on Oregon's opportunity to lead in the development of new technologies, services, and jobs that promote independent living for our graying population. I shared some of the research prototypes and findings that Intel, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology (ORCATECH) have developed from our more than ten years of exploration into home-based technologies that can help people to age-in-place with good health, social engagement, purposefulness, dignity, and choice.

Aging in Place and the Role of Self-Efficacy

I was reading an on-going blog series about “Beth,” an active, 89 year old woman lives alone in her one level town home. She has lived alone for many years and has a good support network of family and friends from church. She is relatively healthy but deals with asthma.