Sheila Zinck

By Sheila Zinck on November 1, 2017

The Impact of AI on Accessibility

At the recent Boston Accessibility Conference, Dr. Ruoyi Zhou, Director of IBM Accessibility Research, hosted an exciting session on the possibilities of AI, machine learning and virtual reality to benefit people with disabilities. The panelists, who included leaders and innovators from MIT, Open Access Technologies, Rendever, Aira and the Massachusetts Association of the Blind, all […]

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By Sheila Zinck on September 25, 2017

Combating Loneliness is Everyone’s Business

Loneliness, by its very definition is an individual experience. It’s also having a significant impact on society, and a challenge that will take an entire “new village” to solve. According to research from Campaign to End Loneliness, 9 in 10 people believe loneliness in older age is more likely now than ever. However, 67 percent of […]

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By Sheila Zinck on August 18, 2017

Virtual Reality: Not for Millennials Only

Interview with Gina Saunders, Maplewood Senior Living, and Kyle Rand, Rendever Decline in mobility, lack of transportation, and financial constraints are just a few of the common challenges faced by older adults who long to participate in community events or experience new places.  For some residents of retirement and assisted living communities, social isolation and […]

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By Sheila Zinck on July 20, 2017

Connecting the Dots to Make Austin an Age-Progressive City

Interview with Teresa Sansone Ferguson, Executive Director, AustinUp The recent IBM study “Loneliness and the aging population – how businesses and governments can address a looming crisis” noted that any solution designed to mitigate loneliness must involve wide range of stakeholders – family, caregivers, healthcare practitioners, social workers, and more – all of whom want […]

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By Sheila Zinck on May 10, 2017

Combating Loneliness in the Aging Population

The world’s aging population is expanding rapidly, and by 2050 more than one out of five people will be age 60 or older. A new epidemic is growing just as quickly, with 43% of people over 60 reporting that they are suffering from loneliness. With an impact often equated to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, loneliness […]

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By Sheila Zinck on March 6, 2017

What Happens When I Can No Longer Drive?

People love their cars. For most teenagers, getting their license is a much anticipated milestone, increasing their independence and opening up new opportunities and adventure (often to the chagrin of their parents). For most older adults, the day they decide to stop driving is also a milestone, albeit a dreaded one representing a loss of […]

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