Congress of California Seniors, Technology Authority Launch Innovative Effort Promoting Role of Technology In Aging, Disability

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The Congress of California Seniors, a leading seniorsÂ? advocacy group is launching a major first-of-its-kind effort promoting the role of technology in successful aging and disability issues under the direction of a leading authority on technologyÂ?s potential beneficial contribution in those areas.

The Congress of California Seniors, a leading seniors’ advocacy group is launching a major first-of-its-kind effort promoting the role of technology in successful aging and disability issues under the direction of a leading authority on technology’s potential beneficial contribution in those areas.

The CCS move makes it the first seniors’ advocacy group to establish such a specific function addressing the role technology in quality-of-life issues for seniors and the disabaled..

The Congress of California Seniors (CCS) (http://www.Seniors.org ) says that Richard Blackwell, founder and Chief Executive Officer of http://www.SafeHome.net, will act as special advisor on technology issues in aging and disabilities for the organization.

Blackwell has been involved in a number of successful technology company startups. He started http://www.SafeHome.net when he examined how his technological expertise might play a role in improving seniors’ safety after a 76-year-old neighbor was robbed and assulted in broad daylight in her own front yard by a mugger who followed her home from a shopping center.

http://www.SafeHome.net has expanded its product line to include personal security alert systems, emergency medical systems and a new, improved smoke detector with greater alert capabilities than regular smoke detectors.

In making the announcement of Blackwell’s association with CCS, Gary Passmore, executive director of the group, noted that Blackwell has established himself as one of the most knowledgeable sources dealing with the emerging and increasingly important contribution that technology can make in empowering seniors and the disabled to maintain an independent and quality life style.

“This is an issue that can be expected to increase in importance,” Passmore notes. “And, what we will be doing in California will have potential significant benefits for the elderly and disabled across the nation, a reflection of the commitment of CCS to provide positive solutions to issues facing this important segment of our country’s population.”

“Mr. Blackwell enjoyed an enthusiastic reception at our recent annual meeting where he spoke on technology and aging issues, describing how low-cost, user-friendly technology can provide security, mobility and communications for seniors and the disabled,” Passmore says.

“His commitment to these issues is evident, even more so in light of his willingness to work with CCS as an expert—albeit unpaid—advisor.”

Passmore said that California’s leadership in technology development makes it only natural that CCS should exercise the leadership necessary to create a new awareness of the potential beneficial impact of technology for a number of issues affecting seniors and the disabled, and that the group should take the lead in developing and sharing information about those benefits to like-minded groups across the nation.

“CCS and Richard Blackwell will work to provide real-life applications of technology to such issues as caregiving, personal safety, health, and mobility for America’s seniors with all of its beneficial implications," Passmore concludes.

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