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Consumer Electronics Show targets senior community

January 10, 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) hit Las Vegas this week, and while many of the new gadgets on display were likely aimed at a younger crowd, there were some devices for seniors. The Silver Summit, a full-day event held on January 8, showcased the latest technology designed to improve senior living.

The event, which was put on by the group Living in Digital Times, focused largely on voice- and gesture-enabled innovations that could change how older adults view retirement. Industry analysts predict that technology giants should reach out to the ever-growing senior population.

"Technology will provide seniors limitless opportunities to stay healthy, connected, safe and active," said Robin Raskin, the founder of Living in Digital Times. "The purchasing power of this growing population will be more keenly felt in the technology sphere than any other industry."

Devices aimed at the aging population are more than just easy-to-use smartphones, however. According to The Huffington Post, the floor of CES will include gadgets that can facilitate healthy aging, such as smart lighting that can reduce the chances of falling or devices that can monitor whether an older adult is adhering to his or her drug regimen.

While the latest technology can be used to keep seniors safe, that doesn't mean they aren't using recreational devices as well. Recent findings from the Pew Research Center found that about 14 percent of adults between 57 and 65 are using tablets, such as iPads, as are about 8 percent of those 66 to 74 years old. That figure is only somewhat smaller than tech-savvy Millennials, who are at about 23 percent.