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Aging parents: family emergency. Plus Unconference: thorny challenges of aging

Talk: Aging parents and family emergency. Lisa Brinkmann, Executive Director of Marin Villages.

Unconference: Topics like Brain health; Medication adherence; Social isolation, and more. Want to show off an Aging in Place "Maker project", or a sexy new widget idea? Or socialize an aging-related challenge you want to see solved? Join us.


1. Networking and drinks and snacks. [masked]pm)

2. How we hope to co-create products and solutions together. [masked]pm)

3. Talk: Aging parents & family emergency. by Lisa Brinkmann,  Executive Director Marin Villages. (7.15- 7.35pm)

4. Show off your Aging in Place Maker project or tell us your new widget idea and get feedback. See below for details. [masked]pm)

5. Unconference [masked]pm).


Talk: Family Emergency - how well do you know your (aging) parents?
Emergencies are just that - a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.  If you found yourself  in the middle of an emergency involving your parents, how well would you fare?  

Lisa Brinkmann, Executive Director of Marin Villages, will share lessons learned during such an event.

Your project: To show off your Maker project or sexy widget idea, you should contact us first to be sure we save a slot for you. Just send us an email with some details about what you want to talk about. If it sounds interesting we will make sure you get a  slot. If you prefer to just turn up, we will try and include you but no promises.

Plan on 5 minutes "airtime" in total. Use some of it to get feedback from the audience if you like. 

Unconference: During networking, anyone can write a suggested topic on a post-it and add it to the list for Un-conferencing topics. The Unconference will be the chance for you and others interested to pick a topic and go discuss it and share experiences, ideas, or whatever you want. 

We wanted to start with some suggested topics to get the ball rolling. Here they are.

iForget: What do you do when you start forgetting things. How do you make sure your brain stays healthy and fit as long as possible? Are there tech-tools you can use to keep sharp?

• Medication adherence remains a big challenge among the elderly. New "tech-enabled" pill dispensers keep appearing and yet the problem is still not solved. Does the world just need the right "mousetrap", or is the problem more tricky?

Fall prevention: There are lots of widgets that tell someone that you have fallen over. But what the world could really use is a way to prevent people from falling in the first place. What is stopping us developing that? 

Social isolation: This is always a popular topic. means different things to different people. Come and share what it means to you, and help generate ideas to address it.

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  • Richard C.

    July 24, 2014

  • Richard C.

    You can see summaries of the Unconference sessions with some audio here:

    July 21, 2014

  • John M.

    Having an interesting speaker set the tone - and probably added to attendance. I really liked the pace of the evening, and having a couple of entrepreneurial 'show and tell' talks fueled the animated discussion in the 'unconference' session. I will be back...

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Bob G.

    The new format seems to be working very well!

    2 · July 10, 2014

  • Anna L.

    Lisa's talk on Family Emergencies was full of useful info that applies to people of any age. Richard, thanks for posting her presentation soon!

    July 10, 2014

  • Colyer D.

    Well, I guess I didn't get any pity (or carpool ofers) for living in East Bay. I'm at MobileBeat yesterday and today so I'll be driving down from SF; can offer a ride from here. I'm a big believer in pollution reduction and cost-saving; kinda un-American? Ha!

    July 9, 2014

  • Colyer D.

    I live kinda far (Contra Costa Co)... will video be done of any events, or maybe even a live feed? Or perhaps carpooling anyone?

    June 27, 2014

  • MJ L.

    Actually, I am a Maybe. I might have a conflict that night.

    June 11, 2014

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