Why the Consumer Electronics Show Matters to Seniors and Their Families

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While many family members express doubt about the acceptance of technology by their senior loved ones, Senior Care Corner knows that technology can improve the lives of both the seniors and their families. It is that potential in technology - the devices available today and, even more so, those on the horizon - which brings Senior Care Corner to the International Consumer Electronics Show.

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We are interested in those products and concepts targeting older adults, says Kathy Birkett, Senior Care Corner Co-Founder, but we also try to find those technologies aiming for other age groups that can improve the lives of seniors as well.

While many family members express doubt about the acceptance of technology by their senior loved ones, Senior Care Corner knows that technology can improve the lives of both the seniors and their families. It is that potential in technology - the devices available today and, even more so, those on the horizon - which brings Senior Care Corner to the International Consumer Electronics Show.

“Many family members react with surprise when we talk to them about technology and seniors or the elderly” relates Kathy Birkett, Cofounder of Senior Care Corner, “as they can’t picture their older loved ones using Facebook or even on the computer. However, we have even more telling us how much technology is improving the lives of their parents or grandparents.”

That potential for improving the lives of senior adults is what brings Senior Care Corner (http://www.SeniorCareCorner.com) to the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) each year to get a close-up view of the latest in technology and insight into what is to come. “We are interested in those products and concepts targeting older adults, of course” says Birkett, “but we also try to find those technologies aiming for other age groups that can improve the lives of seniors as well.”

Technology can make a real difference in the lives of older adults, including both those who desire to age in place, or live in their own homes safely, enjoyably and in good health as long as possible and those who choose to, or must, live in senior living facilities.

While the technology exhibits are the headline star, the conference sessions within CES provide a lot of information of interest to seniors and their families -- and thus to Senior Care Corner. Two in particular, Silvers Summit and Digital Health Summit, highlight current and future technologies of interest to seniors as well as their families and caregivers.

One reason CES matters to seniors is because a key function of the Silvers Summit conference is to demonstrate to the developers, manufacturers and marketers of technology products the value of reaching and capturing aging consumers, which drives the availability of more technology products for seniors.

With both the exhibits and the conference sessions, the Senior Care Corner team sees themselves as the eyes and ears of family members and caregivers of aging adults. They go beyond the displays and brochures to talk with the developers and vendors to learn more about their products and suggest ways the products can be packaged or targeted to provide benefits to older consumers and those who care about them.

Senior Care Corner’s mission is provide family members and other caregivers of seniors information and tools to help them make a positive difference in the lives of the seniors in their lives. Visitors to the website find informative blog posts and podcasts covering many topics and tools supportive of that mission.

One of their major coverage areas is technology that family members can introduce to improve the health, safety and comfort of senior loved ones in their homes, especially when those family members live some distance away, as is the case with many families today.

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