I am again very behind on blog postings and will be trying to catch up over the next few weeks. Recently, I was invited to give a talk at the Italian Embassy in DC on Healthy Aging and 2.0 technologies. My presentation was part of the Global Health Forum, which was titled “Healthy Aging Globally: A Life Cycle Approach.” Specifically, I discussed the role of technology in healthcare as population demographics shift to an older society. In my talk, I define Healthy Aging 2.0 as “the effective use of participatory and collective technologies and applications to develop and maintain optimal mental, social and physical well-being and function in older adults and their social networks.”
Special thanks to Amanda Hall, doctoral student in the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida for her assistance and input to this presentation. Thank you to Dr. Susan Blumenthal, former Assistant Surgeon General of the US, for inviting me to participate in this forum and to Ambassador Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata for his leadership, vision, and gracious hospitality.
Please let me know if you have any feedback or other examples to share about participatory technologies for healthy aging.