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Aging in Place (2): Building a Foundation for Design
By Jon Freach, Katie Inglis, and Shaina Donovan - August 1, 2013

What are the best ways to take care of someone you love as they age?

In our first post on the subject of “Aging in Place” we explored what it means to grow old and who it impacts the most. We proposed that a deeper understanding of the nuances of aging and caregiving could inform “a network of experience and place.” Applied intelligently, we believe emerging technologies can make significant contributions to the health and welfare of those aging in place while bringing support and relief to those who care for them.

Over the course of the last two weeks our teams have conducted research with subject matter experts, seniors and caregivers to uncover insights about aging in place. To build a strong foundation of understanding we began the research process with five interviews with subject matter experts, covering a broad range of topics: Acute and Specialty Care Nursing, healthcare innovation trends including the quantified self and digital traces, solutions for intergenerational storytelling, and how we can sustain mental agility and resiliency as we age.

The team split into lean research groups and interviewed seniors and caregivers inside their homes. Each participant discussed their health, life and routine with us through an in-depth interview in the comfort of their home. After the interview we were shown what it’s actually like to age in place by going on a guided tour of their...

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