[Editors note — this is a continuation of 12-part feature by The Wall Street Journal profiling “pioneers who are shaping the way Americans will live, work and play in later life.”]
Number Three: Helping People Stay Home
For no small number of people, aging means losing their independence — and, eventually, leaving their homes.
Someday, technology being developed by Eric Dishman and his staff at Intel Corp. may help people stay in their homes longer.
Mr. Dishman has focused on ways to assist the elderly since he was a teenager helping care for a grandparent with Alzheimer’s disease. Years later, he was working for Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul Allen on a “nursing home of the future,” he says, when someone made an observation that helped alter his approach to the matter completely.
“Someone said, ‘I think we asked the wrong question,’ ” he recalls. ” ‘It’s not how can we make the nursing home better through technology, but how can technology keep people independent?’ ”
Mr. Dishman, 39, is general manager in charge of product research and innovation for Intel’s Digital Health Group. Prototypes emerging from his group’s offices and labs have a Jetsons-like feel: a carpet with sensors that may reduce the risk of a fall; a “caller ID on steroids,” which shows and tells you who is at the front door and when you last spoke; a system that helps people with memory problems cook for themselves.
— By Kelly Greene (Photo courtesy The Wall Street Journal)
Tomorrow — Helping People Leave Home (THIS ONE hits close to home too!)