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The Longevity Hub
The Boston Globe Opinion section and MIT's AgeLab present The Longevity Hub, an ongoing series seeking to spark Greater Boston's transformation into the Silicon Valley of aging.
Throughout the year, we'll bring you opinion pieces and live events highlighting the crucial factors necessary for turning Boston into a hotspot for new technology in response to our aging population.
It’s time to change how we think about aging. Boston can lead the way and become the Longevity Hub.
Joseph Coughlin and Luke Yoquinto
Boston: The Silicon Valley of longevity?
An older population can serve as the hub for a new kind of innovation cluster.
Letter: Before we celebrate longevity, we need better supports for those in need
Joseph Coughlin and Luke Yoquinto
Needed: Federal leadership on R&D for our aging society
Adults age 65 and over will outnumber children by 2034. By 2060, they will account for nearly a quarter of Americans.
Deepak Ganesan, Niteesh Choudhry, and Benjamin Marlin
Budding technology should be adapted for eldercare
These developments, when applied to monitoring devices, have the potential to enable precision and adaptive, data-driven interventions, granting clinicians and caregivers critical insight into the health status of patients.
How science, technology, and industry can work together to cure Alzheimer’s
The Alzheimer’s research community must acknowledge the gaps in our current approach to curing the disease and make significant changes.
Jo Ann Jenkins
Collaboration should focus on health, wealth, and self
All three are inextricably interconnected and factor fully into how people think about their futures.
What we need as entrepreneurs
We are only at the beginning of an AgeTech boom here in Boston. As we continue, there are a few critical gaps that must be filled.
Danielle D. Duplin
For insight, look to older entrepreneurs
They have profound insights into the unmet needs of the aging population.
The barriers to innovation
Successful aging-market solutions require an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on expertise in software, medicine, biology, finance, policy, and beyond.
Tim Driver, Jody Shue, and Alice Bonner
Why employers should recruit and retain older adults
When it comes to aging, working longer solves (almost) everything — for employers and all of their employees.
Massachusetts lays a solid foundation for engaging older workers
With a solid foundation in place, there is much that can be done to fully integrate the ‘longevity dividend’ of older workers and volunteers into the economy and society.
The future of home health care is now
The health care industry now has powerful tools it can apply toward at-home health care.
Michelle A. Williams
Life expectancy depends on where you call home
The coronavirus pandemic has been a wake-up call, not just to the looming threat of infectious disease but also to the many social determinants of health that dictate who suffers and who prospers.
I became a caregiver in my late 20s — and found little support to guide me
My employer offered no voluntary benefits for family caregivers and less than half of the paid leave it offered to new parents. The best professional advice I found was helpful, but expensive.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo and Wayne Ysaguirre
In the face of an eldercare crisis
The number of people needing care is far outpacing the number of available care workers.
Bringing home care up to scale
Home care is a growing, but fragmented industry. It needs to scale up along with the generation it serves.
Caregiving is a critical service under stress
Caregivers help with injections and infusion pumps. They operate ventilators, home dialysis, and feeding tubes. They manage care of post-surgical incisions and other wounds. And they need help.
There’s an innovation gap in caregiving
Providing care is not only necessary for a decent quality of life and a functioning society; it also is, and always has been, a cornerstone of the human experience.
Getting from here to there
There is no single, technological silver bullet to transport elders, but that doesn’t mean a more scattershot strategy couldn’t work.
When it comes to autonomous vehicles, seniors can lead the way
Retirement communities are relatively sheltered, low-speed environments that are ideal for autonomous vehicle transportation systems.
Look to the nonprofit sector to give older adults a lift
The nonprofit sector may be ideally poised to take on the challenge of older-adult transportation, but the best solutions occur when all three sectors of the economy come together — government, industry, and nonprofit.
Amy Schectman and Elise Selinger
Aging in community
With a supportive housing and senior care ecosystem and experienced leadership, Massachusetts can serve as a beacon for the nation.
Smaller is better
In the Green House model, residents live in houses of just 10 to 12 people, each with their own room and bathroom.
Gina Morrison and Susan McWhinney-Morse
Where will we live as we age?
What would it take for the City of Boston to prioritize policies designed to enable seniors to afford to remain in their own homes and communities?
Community-centered senior living works for seniors and communities
The objective of community-centered living is to integrate residents into the wider population and to welcome everyone into a life-enhancing assembly.
Marisa Morán Jahn and Rafi Segal
Architecture plays a key role in reimagining care solutions
A simple yet innovative concept combines stable housing, intergenerational care, social integration, and neighborhood revitalization.
A living laboratory must close the equity and opportunity gaps
As the nation recovers from the pandemic, we need to ensure that everyone can live a longer, healthier, more productive life.
Letter: It’s taking a village movement to support seniors aging in place
How Massachusetts can become a living laboratory for aging
Let’s measure what’s going on in cities and towns so we can identify how a community’s aging circumstances change over time.
Letter: A refreshing look down the road at 65+
How to build a living laboratory
Globe Op-Talk: Can Boston be the Silicon Valley of longevity?
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Boston Globe contributing columnist Diane Hessan discusses how Boston can become a longevity hub with Joseph Coughlin and Luke Yoquinto of the MIT AgeLab.
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