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Growing old with gadgets

For technology-savvy Boomers, retirement will be filled with bits and bytes, not bridge

Baby Boomers want technology, not knitting in their golden years, according to Susan Ayers Walker, head of SmartSilvers Alliance in Menlo Park, a consulting firm focusing on new products for aging-in-place Boomers.

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Posted by Annie Appleby
a resident of another community
on Feb 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Love this! Thanks for the fun read.
Annie Appleby
Founder, YogaForce
Baby Boomer and Yoga Expert
www.yogaforce.com
Burlingame, CA


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Posted by sally
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 8, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Is it true that Queen Elizabeth II stole her grandson's (Prince William's) Wii? Or did Nintendo make up that story?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 9, 2009 at 1:38 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

As the daddy of 3 boomers I acknowledge the need for intellectual stimulation and have eagerly participated via computers. What confronts me now is the need for physical supplementation. I have the usual power tools to amplify my efforts, but little is available to assist physical displacement other than wheel chairs. I can buy an engine hoist that will lift and carry 3 tons for under $200, but a people hoist of the same configuration costs $2,000 or more. Until the powered exoskeleton comes along, work on that.No one should have to lift me.


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Feb 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

Walter,

If the money wasted in ADA compliance by replacing every intersection curb with a ramp were spent on powered exoskeleton R&D, you would have had it a decade ago.

The only way you'll see it now is as a by-product of defense research, but since the Dem's are in power now, don't hold your breath.

The ADA, like every other liberal pipe dream, did nothing to help the supposed beneficiaries. It has degenerated to a "pay-to-play" game with corrupt doctors handing out "preferred parking" placards to the highest bidders.




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