Himss Review

HIMSS 2018 conference review

I was asked to deliver a keynote for a session at the HIMSS health conference, which drew 45,000 attendees last week in lovely, sterile Las Vegas. Our breakout was around health, aging and technology. My job was to tell them all about you, our readers, and why you are exceptional — a task all of you make very easy for me. The rest of the session was listening and learning from the fellow speakers and panelists, all of whom were chosen for being top in their field. The most interesting piece of tech was ElliQ, a home assistance robot. Sort of a smarter, nicer, proactive Alexa. At the moment, it’s aimed at the older population. In speaking with Dafna Presler of Intuition Robotics, the idea for the future of ElliQ is for the broader population, and to serve as a digital conductor of all the various appliances, devices and apps. It’s a friendly, fun, little bot and since it is proactive it’s more welcoming than other Alexa-type smart speakers I have seen. As one man who I spoke to said, “I feel like I need the Geek Squad for all the various tech in the house.” As I often said, my favorite piece of tech — and perhaps ElliQ will be — is my toaster. No manual and it just works.

The other fascinating, if disturbing, data came from Charlotte Yee, physician and chief medical officer at AARP. It seems that loneliness is the new smoking. Health outcomes can increasingly be predicted by people’s level of loneliness, which is not the same as isolation. One can be surrounded by people and be lonely, and vice versa. In her opinion, the loneliness epidemic is increasing and is having a material impact on longevity.

David Stewart
David Stewart
David is the founder and face of AGEIST. He is an expert on, and a passionate champion of the emerging global over-50 lifestyle. A dynamic speaker, he is available for panels, keynotes and informational talks at david@agei.st.

More Stories

Susan Feldman on Starting a Women’s Digital Business in Her 60s

Women our age are leading the push in starting new businesses. We will be having a number of these north star female entrepreneurs speaking...

Tom Roush, 55, Unpredictable Life

The day after he dropped his son off to join the Marines, Tom Roush walked into his boss’ office and gave two weeks’ notice...

Haircare Veteran Takes on the Challenges of Aging Hair

After 25 years working on haircare brands for Procter & Gamble and L'Oréal, Sonsoles Gonzalez knows a thing or two about hair.But when the former...

Your Resume Won’t Get You Hired

Our career columnist,  John Tarnoff is here with this month's insights on winning strategies for landing a job. Struggling with a Job Search? The common threads...

Hidden Treasure: Rappahannock Oyster Bar

AGEIST is located in one of the most difficult to understand cities in the world: Los Angeles. It’s a place where the best Chinese...