Technology and Aging: Creating a 'Home for Life'

Tuesday, January 6, 2009 General News J E 4
What: One thing all older people want is to live an independent lifestyle for as long as possible. Groundbreaking technologies are making this possible for more and more Americans.

The Consumer Electronic Show's first-ever Silver Summits will focus on how technology can transform aging. The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST), a think tank dedicated to accelerating these technologies to the marketplace, will release an interactive version of its "State of Technology in Aging Services" report. This comprehensive report highlights the categories of technology for seniors, the products currently available or under development and the benefits of each to different stakeholders. CAST is sponsoring a keynote address and panel discussion about using technology to promote independent living, the "Home for Life" concept and what needs to be done to get technologies into the hands of those who need them.

What: Silvers Summit Press Briefing

When: Thursday, January 8, 2 p.m.

Where: The Venetian, Casanova Room 506

Who: Majd Alwan, Ph.D., CAST Director

To attend or for more information, please contact Lauren Shaham, (202) 508-1219 or

About CAST

The Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) is leading the charge to expedite the development, evaluation and adoption of emerging technologies that will transform the aging experience.

CAST has four focus areas:

CAST is now an international coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging-services organizations, businesses, research universities and government representatives working together under the auspices of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging ( The members of AAHSA help millions of individuals and their families every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services that people need, when they need them, in the place they call home.

CONTACT: Lauren Shaham of American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, +1-202-508-1219,

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Jan. 5/

1. driving a global vision of how technologies can improve the quality of life for seniors while reducing health care costs; 2. accelerating technology research and development through pilot evaluations with seniors; 3. advocating to remove barriers to the rapid commercialization of proven solutions; and 4. promoting dialogue about standards to ensure interoperability and widespread access to aging-services technologies.

SOURCE American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging


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