Although I have never met him, one of my favorite people in the “aging business” (if you will) is Joe Coughlin. He is the founder and director of the MIT AgeLab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
I’ve mentioned the AgeLab from time to time particularly in regard to AGNES, the aging suit the AgeLab invented to help young designers understand the physical needs of elders. The AgeLab is a place, as is explained on their website, that
”…was created in 1999 to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people’s health and enable them to ‘do things’ throughout the lifespan.”
Besides running the AgeLab, Coughlin spends a great deal of time evangelizing for elder innovation on the smart theory that if it works well for old people it undoubtedly helps young ones too – and his enthusiasm always energizes me.
I’m taking a day off from blogging so in my place, here is a 12-minute TED talk from Joe Coughlin about aging as an extreme sport. I hope you will take the time to watch it. You won’t be sorry.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Barbara Sloan: Bionic Geriatrics – The Brave Old Age