Vice President Kim Quoted in InsuranceNewsNet Article on Technology for Older Adults

Carol Kim, vice president for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Maine, was quoted in an InsuranceNewsNet article about new technology that aims to help older adults stay at home. Kim, who recently testified before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, said “edge detection” offers new ways for senior citizens to retain their independence. Edge detection refers to high-contrast technologies to help see more clearly or track indoor movement through radio frequency identification, according to the article. Edge detection also includes “assistive jogger” hardware, smart mattresses, and protective gear for the head and hip, the article states. Every year, between 30 and 40 percent of those ages 65 and older experience a fall. By 2020, injuries that result from falls will cost the U.S. an estimated $54.9 billion, Kim said.