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Summoning Help in an Emergency: Devices and Emerging Trends

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
UC Berkeley, University Hall, Room 150
2199 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA  94720
Educational Workshop
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When: Tuesday, October 29, 10 a.m. - 12 noon

UC Berkeley, 2199 Addison St., Berkeley, University Hall, Room 150

Open to: AV Members*

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible

Summoning Help in an Emergency:
Devices and Emerging Trends


Your ability to summon help in an emergency is an important part of the safety net needed for aging in place. But what resources are available? In this talk, Dr. Richard Caro will address two important questions about medical alert technologies. If you need a medical alert device, how do you sift through competing claims and decide which product is right for you?


Dr. Caro will describe a procedure to guide you to a product that is the best match to your specific life circumstance. With accelerating advances in “wearables” and “voice-enabled assistants,” are there better options to conventional medical alert devices? Dr. Caro will provide an overview of emerging trends.


The material in this talk is based on extensive hands-on testing by Tech-enhanced Life and the “Longevity Explorers,” a unique sharing, evaluation, and ideation community made up of older adults and their friends, families, and caregivers.


The research is independent and objective, and is not directed or funded by any product vendorsLearn more!

Speaker Bio: Dr. Richard G. Caro is co-founder of Tech-enhanced Life, a Public Benefit corporation with the mission of improving the quality of life of older adults and their families. For several years now his work has focused on the intersection of aging and technology. In addition to his work with Techenhanced Life, Richard is CEO of TangibleFuture, Inc., an interventional management consultancy based in San Francisco, and is an “occasional” angel investor, with a particular focus on the intersection of healthcare, aging, and technology. Richard started his career as a researcher at Stanford University, and then spent a number of years developing novel medical products (including medical lasers for minimally invasive surgery, and ophthalmology (e.g. LASIK)). He has a D.Phil. in Physics from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and has 24 patents.

*UC Berkeley Retirement Center and Ashby Village cosponsor technology workshops open to members of either UCBRC or Ashby Village.