The Legacy of a Digital Generation

What will be your legacy? Will future generations remember you, what you did, and what you valued? Two librarians wrote “The Legacy of a Digital Generation,” a Huffington Post article that I responded to and that is the basis of today’s post. It got me thinking about the advantages of physical media (such as books, a collections of photos, or Read More …

Friends from Beyond, and your Digital Will

By Wayne Caswell, retired IBM technologist, market strategist, and founder of Modern Health Talk Friends from Beyond explores the role of social media and digital assets after death, and the need to think about this ahead of time, even creating a digital will to say who acts as executor and who takes ownership of the accounts, which ones get deleted, as Read More …

Recalling and Recording your Life’s Story

Two questions popped into my mind last week. What do we remember about our parents or grandparents years after their passing? AND What do we want to be remembered about ourselves? The questions surfaced after meeting Lindsay Patterson last week. She’s a young lady fresh out of college who was promoting her new business, ReflectAndRecord.com. It’s a personal history business Read More …

Digital Immortality and the Backup Brain

Today’s post gets out there a ways. It’s my reaction to a thoughtful article in BBC Future about the eventual possibility of making an exact copy of your memory and mind for future generations. The article explored research efforts to do just that and the various issues that this might raise. 

Top 5 ways Getting Older gets us down

By Sandy Getzky Few things in life are guaranteed, yet getting older seems to come with some rather predictable frustrations. I’ve assembled the top five ways that getting older can bring us down — and how to get over all that and live life to the fullest. Remember that no matter how drab things get: getting older always beats the alternative. 1.    Read More …

Before I die… Or before they do…

Today I republish most of the content of a Huffington Post article that June Cohen wrote as part of TEDWeekends, a curated program about powerful “ideas worth spreading” each weekend. The days between Thanksgiving and the New Year are always a time for reflection: On what’s been accomplished, on what remains ahead of us, and – most importantly – what Read More …

When NOT to buy a Smartphone

I do love smartphones and tablets (especially the Apple iPhone & iPad). They’re like having a powerful computer in your pocket and support all sorts of mHealth (mobile health) apps, but I have to admit they aren’t for everyone. As I read through the 13 articles about “Advancing the mHealth Ecosystem,” I remembered today’s conversation with a dear friend that Read More …

What Caregiving Looks Like, Really

According to AARP, more than 40 million Americans are unpaid caregivers for elderly family members or friends. On average they spend more than 24 hours a week providing this service, with the value of their time alone estimated at $470 billion a year, and that’s before considering the impact on their career advancement from taking time off, or their own health from the added stress. Read More …

Bringing Dead Back to Life & Envisioning a Healthy Future

The beginning (or end) of a year is a good time to remember & reflect on the past while pondering & planning the future. So today’s post comes from Huffington Post, with ties into other articles about Personal Memoirs & Memories, Perpetual Websites & Memorials, the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show, and Future Forecasts. It’s about the well-known futurist and inventor, Ray Kurzweil. Recalling Read More …

Are “Smart Home” technologies ready for mainstream?

An Unplggd.com article prompted me to write this article. As a long-time Connected Home consultant and marketing strategist, I have developed strong opinions about what it will take. Find me at http://waynecaswell.com. Back in 2004, market research that I did for Parks Associates concluded that the Connected Home industry is “finally poised to cross a 30-year-old chasm separating high-end new Read More …

Technology and Collaboration for Quality Aging

By Dr. Joseph Coughlin at MIT (Copyright 2010) Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt of an excerpt, based on an original essay by Joseph Cough­lin, Direc­tor of MIT Age­Lab. Coughlin’s essay was part of Longevity Rules: How to Age Well Into the Future, a collection of 34 essays by leading longevity experts that help pol­i­cy­mak­ers and the pub­lic bet­ter under­stand Read More …

What do you Want from Health Care?

I posed the following challenge to the Innovations in Health group on Linkedin and got some interesting responses, including a well crafted wish list from Colleen that inspired this blog post. HOW CAN WE STIMULATE INNOVATIVE IDEAS FOR A TOTALLY NEW HEALTHCARE SYSTEM? As a fun exercise to stimulate creative, out-of-box thinking, pretend you have all been been appointed to Read More …

A Totally New Healthcare System

Five months ago I posted a challenge on Linkedin titled, “Innovative Ideas for a Totally New Healthcare System?” and it generated a discussion that’s been active for 5 months now with over 900 responses from different perspectives worldwide. As a fun exercise to stimulate creative, out-of-box thinking, pretend you have all been appointed to the new World Health Commission by Read More …