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Improving the quality of life for the world’s aging population

Our parents and grandparents represent one of the most complex societal and economic shifts across the globe. By 2050, people aged 60 or older will make up nearly 22 percent of the global population. (Source: United Nations)

IBM is creating solutions to help manage life's vital decisions, prolong independence, and reduce loneliness by helping seniors stay more connected with friends and family. By leveraging a network of connected mobile devices, sensors and cognitive systems, we can help family members and caregivers improve the health, wellness, safety and security of our parents and grandparents.

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Global report on aging

Learn about the challenges of meeting the needs of the aging demographic, together with recommendations for three core areas where the intersection of mobile devices and cognitive computing could have the greatest impact on the essential concerns of older adults.

By preventing fraud and abuse, providing greater social connectivity, and improving access to vital information and services, we can empower seniors to live longer, healthier and more independent lives.

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Understanding the diverse goals of adults in later life, imaging alternative ways to meet those goals, and building technologies that create access — these are all exciting opportunities for the future.

— Jan E. Mutchler, PhD, Professor of Gerontology and Director, Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Key concerns of aging

47% of people worry most about losing their memory and suffering from dementia as they get older
35% of people believe discussing assisted /long term care is the most difficult conversation to have with parents
1 in 3 people believe that smart homes & the Internet of Things will help manage the aging process the most

Aging at home

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By using sensors and the Internet of Things, IBM can monitor patterns in temperature, carbon monoxide, electricity and water usage in order to help caregivers and social services organizations better understand a person’s daily routines and extend independence in their homes. Learn about the IBM client engagement in Bolzano, Italy.

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Learn more about Watson Internet of Things

Connecting to friends, family and services

Using Apple iPads with IBM-developed apps and analytics, we can connect seniors with services, healthcare, community and their families. Learn about the work with the Japan Post Group.

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Learn more about IBM MobileFirst for iOS

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