Conference looks at impact of technology on aging

There is a heavy emphasis on technology at this week's White House Conference on Aging. That means there are a lot of stories in the news related to aging and a long list of products designed to improve care quality and make life a little easier for seniors. Some ideas you're likely to hear more about: wireless walkers, RFID tracking technologies to monitor grandma, and medication reminder services that beam alerts to the patient's TV screen. The increasing popularity of wireless and broadband services, combined with an aging US population, makes the market an attractive one for many vendors. Intel Chairman Craig Barrett told attendees that technology offers solutions for many of the challenges posed by baby boomers.

- see this release from Intel

ALSO: Among the hot products on display at the Conference on Aging: 21st century versions of MedicAlert's well known bracelets. The E-HealthKEY is an independent PHR system, while the Health Enhancement System sends alerts based on a patient's vital signs. Release

PLUS: The Wall Street Journal examines advances in home monitoring technology, profiling wireless systems by the Living Independently Group and Lusora. Article (sub. req.)