Interview: Richard Caro on new technology for aging adults

Aug 4, 2015

 

Scientist and entrepreneur Richard Caro believes tech innovation has the power to actually change the way we grow older, "to really push off the time at which things like how well you can walk and how well you can talk starts to decline."

Caro is the CEO of Tech Enhanced Life, a public benefit corporation that researches and evaluates technology for seniors. KALW’s Jen Chien spoke with him about some new developments in home safety for aging adults.

 

RICHARD CARO: If you have a loving, caring person that’s there 24 hours a day, you can’t beat that, probably. But many people don’t have that, or they can’t afford that ... And so I think these technologies should be thought of not as an alternative to a person ... but as a sort of range extender or power extender for caregivers, or as an alternative to sitting at home, staring at the wall by yourself.

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