Elderly-focused technology is a burgeoning field that can both improve the quality of life for senior citizens & reduce costs for healthcare systems worldwide. Older adults contribute disproportionately to U.S. healthcare costs, accounting for 34% of total healthcare expenditures in 2014 but only 15% of the population. Germany faces a similar situation, as the share of the German population aged 65 years & older was 22% in 2021. However, older adults continue to face barriers to the use of digital technologies that could limit their engagement with digital health programs.
Increasingly, digital health technologies are being developed with the aim of allowing older adults to maintain functional independence as they age. These digital health technologies for aging are expected to mitigate the socio-economic effects of population aging & improve the quality of life of older people, such as improving cognitive function & mobility. Moreover, these technologies have been proposed to support hospital-to-home transition for older adults & the treatment of chronic disease. In particular, the COVID-19 pandemic & the associated physical distancing guidelines have propelled a shift toward digital health technologies & this shift is expected to continue.
Some questions we seek to address during this event are:
How can digital health innovations improve the quality of life for the elderly?
What innovations are needed to potentially reduce the cost of healthcare for the elderly?
What does the innovation landscape look like in regards to digital health technologies?
What could a human centered research transfer approach look like?
How could we build a knowledge & solution transfer bridge between San Francisco & Berlin / Germany?
The event is organized by CITRIS & the Banatao Institute, German Center for Research & Innovation (DWIH) San Francisco in cooperation with Digital Urban Center for Aging & Health (DUCAH).
11:30: Registration & Networking
1:30-2:00: Optional Tour through CITRIS & the Banatao Institute