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Independent Aging Conference 2023 in Japan

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

There are a lot of people in the world right now working as fast as they can to come up with solutions that can help alleviate the global aging crisis. What crisis?

As of 2021, 30% of Japan’s population is over the age of 65 and Japan is struggling with how they will provide care for all these people without enough caregivers.

What does that have to do with the rest of the world? Lots. This isn’t a foreign problem. This is a global one.

Many countries like South Korea, Italy, Finland and Puerto Rico are just steps behind Japan and no closer to figuring this out on their own.

The truth is that we are out of time. The only way out is to join forces and share resources and information.

Thankfully, a lot of people agree with me and are contributing in their own powerful ways.

Mary Furlong is hosting “What’s Next Longevity Venture Summit” this week in California.

Dr. Joe Coughlin founder of MIT AgeLab is tackling everything from facilitating conversations with financial advisors to encouraging teens to choose fields in healthcare.

#CES2023 hosted an overwhelmingly successful debut of the AgeTech Collaborative™ from AARP whose mission is to efficiently connect AgeTech startups to the support they need.

Debbie Howard Linda Sherman Rick Robinson Stephen Ewell Michael Philips host a show on Clubhouse called the “Re-thinking Aging Products Alliance” every Thursday at 1pm.

Jeffrey Gray founder of AgeTech Atlanta, hosted a pitch competition at #On Aging 2023, judged by Sarah Thomas. That was so successful, the organizers asked them to run the AgeTech track for next year’s conference!

What’s my contribution to this crisis?

I’m working with veteran conference organizers Dominic Carter Dan Rivlin Idit Reisner to envision “The House of Tomorrow” at the Independent Aging Conference 2023 this October in Japan!

The speaker line up for this conference is just incredible — These pros have secured representation from the World Health Organization, the United Nations, AARP as well as multiple International Longevity Centers like Canada, Britain and Singapore!

There will also be a pitch contest and my job will be to showcase innovative, ready-to-go AgeTech solutions that visiting countries can use IMMEDIATELY to solve their crisis at home!

Being part of an innovative ecosystem and nurturing startups is an important step towards a solution.

But I also think that part of the problem is a lack of awareness — there are so many incredible products that make people’s lives easier but people just don’t know they exist because they aren’t in sold in stores near you.

Many of my favorite beautiful accessibility products are sourced from Canada, Europe and Australia/ New Zealand!

Product awareness is my passion so I hope you will all join me in Japan in October!

#globalagingcrisis #evolvinghomes

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