Senator touts technology's benefits for seniors

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Chair sensors, computer programs to test memory and other technology geared to seniors was up for discussion in a symposium hosted Wednesday by the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Medical Technology Caucus and the Center for Aging Services Technology (CAST).

“Technological innovation is key to improving advancements in the quality of life,” said Aging chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI).  “The technology here today will help seniors age in their own homes with dignity and lead longer, healthier, happier lives.”

Also up for debate was the need for public policies that support the need for these new technologies, like S. 908, a bill to establish the Consortium on the Impact of Technology in Aging Services. CAST is a program of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. Experts from the corporate world, such as Darrin Jones, director of business development for Intel's digital health group, also attended the hearing.