Aging In Place - Featuring Dor  Skuler and Assaf Sella

In this episode, we examine the problems faced by millions of people, their families, and caregivers, as they work to maintain their mental and physical health as they age. We look at new in-home technologies that combine Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, sensors and a range of other technologies to create very different solutions that help maintain independence and manage and monitor health.

I’m joined on this episode by two guests. Our first guest is Dor Skuler, he’s the CEO and co-founder of Intuition Robotics. Also, joining me is Assaf Sella, the CEO and co-founder of Kytera. We dive into the ways that technology can be used used to solve these problems, and how it can make an impact on people who are aging, and their families.

In many parts of the world, the accepted standard is that once someone reaches the age of 65, they’ve automatically and magically been transported to the beginning of old age. Careers end, discounted movie and train tickets begin as people move from being seen as economic assets and contributors to a financial burden.

When the first pensions were introduced in Prussia around 1880, people weren’t really expected to live much beyond 65. We can debate whether someone who is 65 today should automatically be classified as ‘old’, but that’s a conversation for another day. What we should be able to agree on is that we need to find ways to keep everyone healthier longer – not just increase their lifespan, but increase their “healthspan”, like we talked about on episode 65 with Dr Jack Kreindler.

One of the key questions surrounding care for aging populations is can people keep healthy and active at home so we can prevent or delay the point at which they require more intensive, and more expensive, access to the healthcare system. This desire to ‘age in place’ needs to be balanced with the risks associated with people living independently, and with the need to maintain their mental health to avoid loneliness and isolation.  In this episode, our guests show us how this can be achieved with new solutions and approaches to aging in place.

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Today's Topics

  • What smoking and loneliness have in common.
  • How Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) can affect the way we interface with technology.
  • The difference between reactive and proactive home automation technology.
  • How Pixar inspired the design of ELLI-Q
  • How sensors, not cameras, can be used to monitor activity and health
  • The use of AI to understand habits such as hygiene, nutrition, sleep and activity, and quickly spot problems and trends 
  • The processes involved in sending important notifications to remote caregivers, health professionals, and other family members.

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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall

ABOUT THE HOST

As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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