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STACK CARE - an "Illuminated" Innovation for Assisted Living Residents Health via Lighting

Uploaded: Nov 27, 2017
There's a lot of existing, new and up-coming technology options that can help seniors who need some assistance with their activities of daily living (ADLs) to live a more full, safer and connected life. From time to time I'll highlight some of them.

Nigel Mould and his team at Stack Care have created a responsive light-bulb centered system that offers occupancy sensing in addition to the comfort and safety benefits of automated circadian lighting. For community staff and in-home care providers, Stack’s Care system provides notifications and high-resolution resident activity monitoring and analytics. The system provides data to allow a facility's trained clinicians and caregivers to respond with their defined standard of care.

Currently there are a few spaces open for IL, AL and/or MS communities to participate in beta testing. This phase requires just 5-10 apartments to be dedicated to the simple installation of the system and replacement of current light bulbs. Stack handles everything, the facility just pays for the long-life lightbulbs which they get to keep after the trial. If you work at an assisted living community reading this or have a loved one living in one and are interested please message me at 650-833-9200 and I can put you in touch with the folks at Stack Care. See some coverage at in the Sacto Bee and on local news of the Escaton senior living community test site and their very happy resident participants. Circadian lighting creates light that mimics the normal lighting that occurs throughout the day, helping residents have more energy during the day and to sleep better at nigh,t and is effective for those who experience sundowning.

If you are interested in learning more about all kinds of tech for healthy aging, Aging 2.0 is an organization to check out. Here's what they say about themselves:

Founded in 2012 by Stephen Johnston and Katy Fike, Aging2.0 supports innovators taking on the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Aging2.0 is international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational - focused on changing the conversation from 1.0 (focused on local, clinical, siloed approaches) to 2.0 (collaborative, lifestyle oriented, opportunity driven) - hence the name: Aging2.0.

Over the past 4 years, Aging2.0 has hosted more than 300 events around the world and relies on 50+ volunteer Chapters to build and connect our 15,000 person community in 20+ countries. Aging2.0 has 150+ corporate Alliance members and works with ‘CEOs’ - Chief Elder Officers, who help us design with, not for, older people.
Aging2.0 is run by a small, dedicated, mission-driven team out of San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit or email
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