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Most Americans see themselves living an independent and fulfilling life in their own homes and communities as they age. However, for far too many Americans, this vision and desire do not translate into a practical reality.

With a burgeoning aging well tech market, estimated at $2 billion annually and growing, it would appear that several key ingredients are in place to help more Americans continue to live in their own homes as they age. However, consumers do not readily envision how new technologies can help them remain in their homes. This gap between the promise of innovative technology and the perceived benefit to consumers needs to be bridged.

Philips and the Georgetown Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University, in collaboration with Georgetown’s urban and regional planning division and the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) set out to explore how technology can be used to connect people from inside their homes to their external communities, especially as they get older.

96% of respondents say it's important to be as independent as possible as they get older


Source: Aging Well: Creating Connected Communities for Aging Well

Connected Communities Press Release

Study reveals boomers not considering steps to remain independent as they age. 96% of U.S. respondents say it’s important to be as independent as possible as they get older; only 21% plan to incorporate technology solutions.




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Connected Communities outcomes report

The results of the Philips/GSEI study and the individual barriers to technology were discussed in an expert roundtable at Georgetown University in May 2014. Meeting participants included thought leaders with expertise in aging, residential and commercial development, city planning, healthcare, technology, and policy.


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Creating connected communities

Philips/GSEI surveyed Americans ages 50-80 and interviewed residential and commercial developers to understand their thoughts and expectations around using technology to connect people from homes to resources in the community to stay independent as they age.


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About the Aging Well initiative

Through a collaborative partnership and joint research, Philips and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business conducted a multi-year, three-part study on aging. Experts and industry leaders came together to examine the results and explore solutions to help people age at home, or age in place, for as long as possible.

2014 Roundtable attendees

Majd Alwan, Senior Vice President of Technology and Executive Director, Center for Aging Technology Services (CAST)

Elizabeth Blazevich, Director, Center for Design and the City; Program Director, Sustainable Cities Design Academy, American Architectural Foundation

Ron Bogle, President & CEO, American Architectural Foundation

Uwe Brandes, Founding Executive Director, Georgetown’s Urban and Regional Planning Graduate Program

Mae Carpenter, Commissioner, Department of Senior Programs and Services, Westchester County, New York

Cindy Crump, Founder, Aframe Digital

Vicki Davis, President, Urban Atlantic

Dennis Domer, Professor, New Cities; Long Life Communities, University of Kansas

Mark Emery, Innovation Program Director, Philips

Graham Evans, Vice President, New Markets, Relay Foods

Elinor Ginzler, Director, Cahnmann Center for Supportive Services, Jewish Council for Aging

Ron Goldberg, Communications Director, Z-Wave Alliance

Scott Hall, General Manager, Zip Car

David Hoglund, President & COO, Perkins Eastman

Jamie Huffcut, Southeast Regional Health & Wellness Leader, Gensler

Robert Karen, Managing Director, Symphony Development Group

Jeffrey Kaye, ORCATECH Director, Oregon Center for Aging & Technology (ORCATECH)

Bill Kelly, President and Co-Founder, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future(SAHF)

Nancy Leamond, EVP, State and National Group, AARP

Tony Lee, Senior Manager, Sr. Manager, Federal Government Relations, Home Healthcare Solutions, Philips

Liddy Manson, President, BeClose

Ladan Manteghi, Executive Director, Georgetown’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative

Maureen McAvey, Bucksbaum Family Chair for Retail, Urban Land Institute

Ellen McCarthy, Director of the DC Office of Planning

John McLindon, President, Streetscape Development

Robert McNulty, President, Partners for Livable Communities

Lindsey Mosby, Executive Director, Innovation Strategy Group, frog design

Bill Novelli, Founder, Georgetown Global Social Enterprise Initiative and Professor of Practice

Laurie Orlov, Founder, Aging in Place Technology Watch

Kathleen Penny, Vice President, CH2M Hill

Bill Prenovitz, Senior Product Manager, Philips

Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa

Brent Shafer, CEO, Philips North America

Mark Stephenson, Head of Integrated Brand & Communications, Philips North America

Kathy Sykes, Senior Advisor for Aging and Sustainability, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Laurel Sweeney, Senior Director, Health Economics and Reimbursement, Philips North America

Robert Wray, President & CEO, Blue Star Service Solutions, Inc.

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