What do the Future of Aged Care and Media have in Common?

March 21, 2013

health robot The answer is not much, but a trip to the Gold Coast is never complete without a chat to Nicole Dyer on ABC FM and the Future of Media and Aged Care were her two topics of choice.

The notion of who creates, curates, disseminates and comments on news was our main theme, as was a discussion on newspapers and their longevity.

My take on daily newspapers is that they will become increasingly irrelevant over the next few years and continue to lose readership and eventually disappear as people see that the news they sell is out of date before its even printed.

Weekend newspapers however will fare better, as people see their weekend read as an oasis on their days off, one that allows them to unwind and catch up with the world.

We also turned our attention to Aged Care in the Future (the reason for my visit to the Gold Coast was to deliver a keynote on the Future of the Aged Care Industry) and the question of how we are going to find the number of carers we will soon need in this industry given our aging population and will robots and technology including magic carpets be part of the solution.

Have a listen to this segment…


What’ll it be like when we get there?

October 30, 2012

Everyone loves a chat about Robots and how and when we’re going to see them in our lives and when you match this up to the other topic we are all concerned about – Aged Care you have the basis for my chat this morning with Steve Mills of 6PR Perth.

Topics included Robots that wash hair, carpets that monitor your movements, fridges that know what you’ve taken out, bathrooms that test your bodies vital signs from your ablutions and clothing that can monitor that your breathing OK and if not can call for help, are all part of the future of aged care.

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Physically Aged, Virtually Young

October 27, 2012

In 2050 25.3% of Australia’s population will be over 65 years of age, with many of us living routinely to 100 and preferring to remain in our own homes, as long as possible.

How will the Australian government and the Aged Care industry cope with this?

Given that we will have fewer people in our workforce and more demands on those that are; an employment landscape that is less 9 -5 and more project and task driven, where will Aged Care workers come from?

This is the start of my chat this afternoon with 2UE’s Clinton Maynard and Trevor Long as we looked at technology in institutional, residential and at-home aged care.

This included magic carpets that monitor a persons walking and movements, homes that monitor residents for vital signs, robots that wash hair and sit with dementia patients to ensure their safety and much more.

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Find Your New Career Here

October 15, 2012

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Well, I never thought I’d make it into Cleo, except for the Bachelor of the Year contest – but given that I’m not a Bachelor and past my prime I’d say that ship has sailed also, but in this month’s magazine, I chat about with Edwina Carr about Future Careers, where the job market is headed and some of tomorrow’s growth sectors including Health Services, Financial Planning, Digital, Community Managers, Gamification and the notion of becoming a Solopreneur and doing it your way.

Have a read of the article and share with us what you think are tomorrow’s big careers and industry’s.


Welcome to the Gold Coast

August 13, 2012

What does education need to provide to meet tomorrow’s societal and business needs, was to have been the topic of the morning between Nicole Dyer of 91.7 ABC Coast FM and myself , but as always we got diverted and this time into a discussion on the Future of Funerals and Cemeteries after a keynote I gave on the Gold Coast over the weekend.

This led us to chat about our changing cultural views around death and memorialisation, not morbid I promise and how technology is being used to remember the dead, pay honour to them and unite a physical and digital family in their time of need.

We did eventually get on to education and aged care and the changes ahead for both.

All in all a great segment. Lot’s of food for thought and I look forward to catching up with Nicole at 9.30 a.m. on the first Monday of each month to chat about what’s happening in the FUTURE.

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We’re all getting older

August 1, 2012

Today’s kids will live to 120 years of age and many of today’s Baby Boomers will live well into their 90’s, with well being the key word.

The role and purpose of aged care is changing dramatically, moving away from a traditional institutional model to a bright new shiny “hotel” approach, as well as a huge industry growing around the cutting edge of providing at home services assisting people to remain at home as long as possible.

In this week’s segment on ABC’s Radio Australia I chat with Clem and Adelaine about in-home technology assistance that constantly monitors your in-home activities to ensure you are well and maintaining your daily routine.

It tracks and assesses your movements, eating habits, taking of medicines and your completion of daily chores and where it sees deviation away from these, or you have fallen or in need of assistance, it triggers a range of pre determined responses including calling for help and getting you and the home ready to accept assistance.

Residential Aged Care is also set for an evolution with great nurses and doctors assisted by robots, constant medical monitoring devices, head up display goggles that gives them access to all their patients medical records; and dementia specific assistance robots.

On the edge of this we finished our segment by taking a quick look at bio-technologies that allow us to print human arteries, hips and bodies part.

All in all we are set to live longer, remain healthier and have far more options for what aging and aged care means and how we approach it and manage it.

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