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AARP hosts senior technology competition

September 28, 2012

Assisted living experts are always on the lookout for the latest technology that can help improve the lives of seniors, and some of the best advancements were on full display at a recent event hosted by AARP. The organization's Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch featured more than 80 competitors highlighting their latest strides made in senior technology, reports the Assisted Living Federation of America.

The event featured contributions aimed at improving care in a variety of different ways. For instance, some inventors showed off their latest innovations for Microsoft's Kinect technology, which can help keep seniors active and also provide unique physical therapy options. Still, others focused on providing care to older adults with Alzheimer's.

"One of the things that was very exciting about the response to our call for pitch applicants is that we received many responses from companies doing really new things," Jody Holtzman, senior vice president of AARP's Thought Leadership, told ALFA. "For example, GeriJoy, one of the finalists, had an online virtual dog to help people with mild dementia."

Technology has started to play an increasing role in senior living, with older adults turning to the internet in record numbers. In fact, approximately 6 million more seniors are using the internet today than they were five years ago, according to Nielsen.