According to the U.S. Census Bureau, individuals 65 years and older will make up 19% of the U.S. population by the year 2030, an estimated 72 million people. And many experts predict the number of older Americans will put severe pressure on families, communities and governments. 

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Except for a small sign the  "Innovation Collaboratory House" looks like any other villa at Maple Knoll Village. But walk inside and it's anything but.

Telehealth robots are in the sitting room and a Microsoft X-Box "Kinect" demonstration is in the bedroom. "Flo-bot" can manage congestive heart failure and do stroke intervention. "Little-bot" can ask you questions.

Other innovations:

  By the year 2015, those aged 50 and older will represent 45% of the U.S. population, and this baby boom generation, more than 78 million strong., has an annual income in excess of $2.3 trillion. Joining us to discuss how companies can reach these consumers, and tap into the growing buying power of an aging baby boom generation, are Caroline Pratt, VP of Manufacturer Practice with dunnhumbyUSA, and Scott Collins, president and CEO of Link-age.

  The youngest members of the baby boom generation are turning 50, yet they are more active, more youthful, then previous generations that have crossed that milestone. The Live Well Collaborative is a non-profit founded in 2007 by the University of Cincinnati and Procter and Gamble to specialize in research and development of products and services for this large and growing 50-plus market.

Howard Wilkinson

Sen. Sherrod Brown came to a retirement home in Springboro this morning to tout a bill he says would close a Medicare loophole that is costing many seniors thousands of dollars in unexpected medical bills.

The Ohio Democrat told a roomful of about 50 seniors at Maple Knoll Retirement Village that his “Improving Access to Medicare Act” has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate and, if passed, will prevent “a lot of seniors from getting socked by a much larger bill than they expected.”

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Pro Seniors, Inc.

Over the next several years our region will experience a dramatic increase in the number of people 65 and older. Some experts say this will lead to a shortage of workers by 2020 unless the problem is addressed now.


Aug 7, 2012

An increasing number of studies show so-called cybercyling helps keep the mind sharp. Ann Thompson, in this week’s Focus on Technology, goes to a Fort Thomas assisted living facility to see if the seniors there are embracing it.