Originally published at https://www.thegerontechnologist.com on January 31, 2021.

By early January 2021, 65% of older adults in Israel were already given the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, which led to a 60% drop in hospitalizations for that age group after 3 weeks. How did we do it?

The facts

One of the biggest challenges in distributing Covid-19 vaccines is maintaining cold storage throughout the supply chain. The vaccines have to be kept in sub zero temperatures and be used quickly once they are thawed (which is required to administer the vaccine). Pfizer’s vaccine, which is currently being distributed in Israel, has…

Originally published at https://www.thegerontechnologist.com on January 24, 2021.

Since I started writing and talking about tech for older adults, a lot of people have asked me about the role big tech companies play in this space. If you’re not keeping a watchful eye like I am, it is easy to not notice the proactive steps the biggest tech companies in the world are taking to get more older adults to use their products and services. In 2019, I wrote about which tech giants and retailers were actively pursuing older adults as customers. …

Originally published at https://www.thegerontechnologist.com on January 12, 2021.

Almost a year into the covid-19 pandemic, vaccines are being distributed, and it’s possible that life will return to a new normal in 2021. Over the past few months, some of the things we’ve taken for granted; air travel, family dinners, going to the theatre, sharing a drink with a friend — have been absent from our lives. We’ve sacrificed a lot to keep our loved ones safe and to stop the spread of the pandemic. …

Originally published at https://www.thegerontechnologist.com on January 5, 2021.

2020 has been a rough year for humanity, but a great year for some age tech startups ( read the annual age tech recap here ). Despite the pandemic, crunchbase reports that 40 age tech companies raised $368 between January and September of 2020.

Some companies that relied on in-person experiences faltered, and others pivoted, launched new products or features and leveraged an unprecedented event to grow the business.

Which age tech companies have shown significant growth in the past year and are the ones you need to watch in 2021?


Originally published at https://www.thegerontechnologist.com on December 22, 2020.

The optimism and celebrations of early January were quickly replaced with fear and uncertainty as COVID-19 reared its ugly head — a global pandemic that’s been referred to as a “once-in-a-century” event.

COVID-19 has impacted everyone, accelerating processes like the Digital Transformation and creating a New Normal which we are still struggling to figure out — but how has it impacted the lives of older adults? Family caregivers? Long-term care providers?

Did age tech deliver on its promise during these tumultuous times?

The effect on the older population

For some of us, the implication of a global pandemic…

Months into the Covid-19 crisis, it has become clear that technology plays a major role in older adults’ ability to adjust to lock downs and to social isolation practices that have become the new normal. Older adults are at a greater risk of becoming seriously ill or even dying from the virus, but they are also at a greater risk of suffering the consequences of prolonged periods of home confinement , which can impact their mental health and level of independence.

Protecting our elders from coronavirus by means of physical distancing, often comes with the price tag of having many…

COVID-19 is challenging for older adults, their families, and for elderly-care providers. While social distancing is required to save the lives of the most vulnerable people in our society, it has serious consequences. This new reality we live in, makes it hard for all of us to maintain a social and healthy lifestyle, and especially for older adults. Can technology help?

Social and communication

Human beings are social creatures, that doesn’t change when people grow old. For older adults, who are used to socializing with family and friends, and going out to run errands (rather than having everything delivered), having this important aspect…

The Age Tech ecosystem has grown and matured in the past decade. Ten years ago, when I was looking for products and services for older adults, most were “big, beige and boring.” In the past decade, companies realized that Age Tech is not just about usability, it’s also (perhaps more importantly) about desirability.

As another year of aging innovation ends, let’s look back at some of the events and trends that shaped the last decade in Age Tech.

Internet Adoption by Older Adults Reached an All-Time High

The past decade marked a turning-point in internet use by older adults. For the first time in history, more than 50% of…

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Originally published at https://www.thegerontechnologist.com on December 14, 2019.

Despite having a population of only 5 million people, Norway seems to be embracing Age-Tech head on. Here are nine Norwegian Age-Tech startups you should know.

IGT Technology is a “people first” IoT company. As IoT veterans, their senior care platform streamlines communication, medical information, health preventive measures, welfare technology and alarm handling. It also tackles one of the toughest and most common problems in senior care — falls. Their radar, which can be installed in any room, is able to detect falls and provide elderly-care professionals with real-time alerts. …

Originally published on TheGerontechnologist on November 13, 2019.

Up until recently, when I thought of Switzerland, I would think of great cheese, delicious chocolate, and beautiful mountain ranges. And although it does have all of these things, as it turns out, the famously neutral nation also has a fast-growing Age-Tech scene.

Switzerland was recently ranked as the most innovative country in the world by the UN, and considering the fact that it also has one of the highest life expectancies on earth, it was only a matter of time before a Swiss Age-Tech scene would develop, and give rise to…

Keren Etkin

Keren Etkin is a Gerontologist and the creator of thegerontechnologist.com

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