Interested in knowing more about the process of physical aging? Anthony Cerniello used his friend Danielle as a model for an aging-simulation video, turning her into a composite by combining photos of her relatives, young and old, who have the greatest facial resemblance. Animators and a 3D specialist helped bring the subtle transitions to life. Watch it here.
We will all age and we all have people in our lives who are aging: parents, grandparents, friends. Most of us wish to retain our well-being and autonomy physically and mentally – to remain in our homes, in our communities. Within widely varied social, economic, and cultural contexts, how can we help people understand their options, make informed decisions, and activate themselves toward a state of well-being as they grow older? How can we help people thrive and live the lives they wish to live as they age? This is a topic the Mayo Clinic is sponsoring on Open IDEO. Take part in the conversation here.
Some interesting predictions from SharpBrains on how the digital brain health market will evolve in 2013:
- More than one million adults in North America alone will take a self-administered brain health check-up via their iPad or Android tablet.
- More than one million amateur athletes will better manage possible concussions by taking cognitive baseline tests via a mobile device.
We know from our most recent study that much is changing about how people around the globe regard "old age" and the aging process. We're also seeing significant behavioral shifts, as people are increasingly loath to leave behind the activities and proclivities of their youths. Some of these shifts are being driven more by necessity than choice, however--which is certainly the case with delayed retirement. Take a look at these findings from the U.K. Like it or not, new financial realities (both national and individual) mean many will have no choice but to keep working even beyond what has been defined as their "healthy working life expectancy," with significant social and business implications.