Encouraging Health Innovation
Our Feature Segment for this episode is a focus on something new from AARP. One of their emphasis areas, as it is for Senior Care Corner, is technology and specifically promoting the development of technology and innovation for older adults. A new initiative in this area was their inaugural Health Innovation@50 LivePitch, an event that didn’t get media attention commensurate with its importance to the seniors and caregivers of both today and tomorrow.
This event brought together ten companies, the best of eighty applicants, with health innovations for older adults and investors targeting the next big place to put their money. Each of the companies pitched their idea and answered questions from a panel of judges from the investment community, with the judges picking their top pitch at the end of the day.
In a twist that we really loved, AARP had the companies make a second set of pitches at the end of the day, but this time not to investors but to potential consumers, with the consumers selecting their own prize winner.
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Two days plus packed with meeting people, learning about current resources for seniors & caregivers and gaining insight into some health innovations — plus LOTS of walking…that pretty much summarizes the working part of our trip to AARP’s Life@50+ National Event. It was [recently] held in New Orleans.
At Creative Sage™, we often coach and mentor individual clients, as well as work teams, in the areas of change management, making personal, career or organizational transitions, and facilitating collaboration capabilities. Statistics have shown that people over 50 are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs and leaders working for good causes, including serving on nonprofit boards, or starting their own organizations! We guide and mentor executives, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals of all ages, to help them more effectively implement transition processes, and to become more resilient in adjusting to rapid changes in the workplace. We work with on-site and virtual teams, and we have participated in health care-related innovation projects.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. You can also call us at 1-510-845-5510 in San Francisco / the Silicon Valley. Let’s talk! An initial exploratory phone conversation is free. When you talk with me, I promise that I’ll always LISTEN to you with open ears, mind and heart, to help you clarify your own unique path to a new vista of success, or an encore career.
~Cathryn Hrudicka, Founder, CEO and Chief Imagination Officer of Creative Sage™, Executive Coach and Mentor.