MIT AgeLab

In 1999 the MIT AgeLab was created to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions to improve people’s health and enable them to “do things” throughout the lifespan. The world’s population is aging fast and at a staggering rate. The 50+ population is the fastest growing segment worldwide and predicted life-expectancies are at a historical high.

MIT AgeLab’s work is to “use-inspired basic research”, especially in everyday living. With advances in medicine, public policy and technology, people are not only living longer, but many are living better. Today’s older adults are more educated and engage in more activities than previous generations, including work, leisure, learning, etc. The modern face of aging is one that expresses vitality and commands a greater quality of life.

MIT AgeLab’s research is motivated by a shared belief that the appropriate use of technology, along with innovations in delivery, can have a significant impact on the quality of life for older adults, their families and caregivers. The activities of MIT AgeLAb involve an array of disciplines including engineering, computer science, human factors, health and medical science, design, management, marketing, and the social and behavioral sciences.

For MIT AgeLab an aging society is the opportunity to invent the future of healthy, active living. One has to look at the demands of this population with open minds to new opportunities for innovation. Innovations from government, business, and research created for the older population will ultimately benefit all ages.

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