“AGING TECHNOLOGY ALLIANCE” FORMED BY CONSORTIUM OF HOME HEALTH TECH COMPANIES

Group aims to become the world’s leading aging-focused technology consortium

CHICAGO, IL – March 15, 2008 – Today, the formation of a consortium named the Aging Technology Alliance was announced by a group of companies and organizations from the home health technology industry. The announcement was made at the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit which is running alongside the Aging in America Conference sponsored by the National Council on Aging and American Society on Aging.

The Alliance was formalized at the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show when leaders from companies participating in the CES Silvers Summit met and agreed to form the group. Subsequent meetings formed an ad hoc board of directors with representatives from ClearSounds Communications, Digital Health @ CES, firstSTREET, GrandCare Systems, Jitterbug, and Presto Services.

“The need for some sort of consortium became obvious when I originally proposed our companies somehow work together while on a webinar in November of 2009.” said Peter Radsliff, CEO of Presto Services and chairman of the Aging Technology Alliance’s ad hoc board of directors. “The reaction was strong and swift to create a group that focused on helping its members gain awareness and promote their products and services to our aging society. No other organization currently does this.”

“Other organizations focus their missions on acting as brokers between companies, organizations and academia to guide development of solutions to aid aging-in-place.” said
Jill Gilbert of Digital Health @ CES and Alliance board member & treasurer, “The Aging Technology Alliance mission is to promote the awareness, benefits and value of member products and services and assist in the advancement of member companies and individual members.”

The Aging Technology Alliance mission—which can be found at http://www.agetek.org—also states its intention to facilitate innovation through professional development, education and standardization of products and services, and by creating a vital and expanding aging technology community.

“We believe that the aging technology industry will advance as a whole if we encourage cooperation between members.” said Bud Myers, Sr. Director of Merchandising for firstSTREET and Alliance board member. “And that by developing ‘best practices’ our membership will be more successful.”

The Alliance is currently soliciting voting and non-voting members from across the market spectrum; manufacturers, developers, resellers, educators, organizations, et al. An open meeting will be held at the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit, 4:30 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the Hong Kong room. All potential members are welcome. Press and bloggers are invited as well, space permitting. People wishing to attend should R.S.V.P. by sending an email to agetek@me.com. Companies wishing to join the Aging Technology Alliance or to find out more information should visit http://www.agetek.org or email the address above.

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About the Aging Technology Alliance
The Aging Technology Alliance (AgeTek.org) was established in 2010 to promote the awareness, benefits and value of products and services for an aging society while directly benefiting its members by evolving into the world’s leading aging-focused technology consortium. For more information, visit: http://www.agetek.org

Contact:
Peter Radsliff, chairman ad hoc board of directors, Aging Technology Alliance
email: agetek@me.com phone: 415.850.1971

© 2010 Alliance Technology Alliance. “Aging Technology Alliance” and “AgeTek” are unregistered trademarks of the Aging Technology Alliance.
No endorsement or affiliation is implied between the Aging Technology Alliance and the National Council on Aging or American Society on Aging.

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