Contest: Technology in a Caregiving Life, 2031


Contest: Technology in a Caregiving Life, 2031

Imagine that your caree has a fever and you need a doctor. Instead of trying to describe symptoms and your concern ("She just doesn't look like herself") over the phone, you connect with a doctor through your tablet's video screen. With the doctor's guidance, you run the necessary tests using your caree's tablet, with results available within seconds on the physician's tablet. Right there in your living room, you and your caree meet with the physician, who offers a diagnosis and treatment within minutes. No one has to leave the house. Or struggle to find the right words to describe a concerning situation. Or guess whether the fever is serious enough for a medical intervention.

Wouldn't that be great?

We live in an amazing time, when technology seems to outpace our ability to understand it. Can you imagine what we'll be able to do in twenty years?

Today, we're imaging. Share your vision for the technology we'll use to care for our family members and ourselves in our comments section, below. The technology you envision may be a solution to problem you encounter regularly, a problem that makes you say, "I wish I had a different way to do this..."

Even better: We're imaging with a chance to win. We're giving away prizes donated by members of Aging Technology Alliance, a group of companies leading the development of new products and services to make aging-in-place possible. The companies make it easier for family caregivers to find the solutions they need for their carees. (For Mother’s Day gift ideas for mothers of every age, check out

When you share your vision for technology in a caregiving life in 2031 in our comments section, you'll have a chance to win one of these prizes:

  • Presto Computerless Email Machine (Value: $99.99): Send email messages to those who don't use a computer. The system transforms emailed messages into beautiful, easy-to-read e-letters with photos and attachments automatically printed. Presto eliminates spam completely by allowing only authorized senders' messages to be printed.

  • Amplicom Amplified Answering Machine (Value: $99.95): The machine features adjustable volume amplified up to max 40dB; 24 minutes of digital recording with flash memory; and one-touch playback with pause feature.

  • Clearsounds ShakeUp to WakeUp Dual Large Display Alarm Clock (Value: $89.99): The alarm allows you to choose the wake-up option that works best for your needs: the shaker, shaker plus sound, flashing lights plus sound, or shaker plus flash. The tone is adjustable in volume up to 87 dB as well as in pitch, which is important to those with hearing losses, as certain tones may be difficult to hear.

Our contest ends on Tuesday, May 10, at 11:59 p.m.; we'll announce winners on Wednesday.

Have fun as you let your imagination roam, via our comments section, right into 2031!