Healthy Aging in a Digital World

Inside look: UC Davis lab testing new technology for aging seniors living alone

As more children become the caretakers of their aging elderly parents, there's new state-of-the-art health technology being developed right now at the University of California Davis Health System.

The aim of the technology is to help more seniors live at home alone, longer.

Dr. Alyssa Weakley is a neuropsychologist at UC Davis, studying dementia. She is also a granddaughter trying to care for her grandmother, who was diagnosed with early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Her grandmother lived in Southern California when first diagnosed.

What AI can do for older adults

When Alyssa Weakley’s 82-year-old grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2019, the family scrambled to respond. Her grandmother lived in southern California; Weakley and other family members were in northern California and Washington State. As problems arose, they took turns flying down to see the older woman. Often, that meant leaving a job or making child-care arrangements on short notice. 

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UC Davis Health Professor Terri Harvath explains what the organization plans to focus on now and in the post-pandemic years.

Telemedicine pioneer

Tom Nesbitt (B.A., psychology, ’75; M.D. ’79) launched the UC Davis Health System’s first telehealth program in 1992. Nesbitt’s pioneering leadership in telemedicine has been recognized by the American Telemedicine Association and the American Hospital Association.