NOV - DEC 2018 |  Embodied Labs Newsletter

Hello Eva,

Four Kinds of People

"There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver."
― Rosalyn Carter, Former First Lady 

Did you know that last month was National Family Caregivers Month? Rosalyn Carter’s quote above highlights the reality that care partnering is something we all do or will do. How are you helping to support people who are family care partners in your corner of the world? If you are a care partner or professional caregiver ― how are you making sure you get the self-care that you need?
As we reflect on the year, we realize that it’s been one filled with overwhelming support and recognition from incredible organizations like Techstar's XR Education Grand Prize funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, OpenIDEO’s Most Viable Solution award for AARP’s Caregiving for Dementia Innovation Challenge, the VR/AR Association’s Global Summit Pitchfest and, most recently, AARP’s Innovation Lab Grand Pitch Competition.

We’ve also been fortunate to have the opportunity to speak about leading innovative technology for elder care at renown events like the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, American Academy of Neurology Conference, and Mary Furlong’s Boomer and Washington Innovation in Longevity Summits, to name a few. In addition to becoming a founding member of the Dementia Action Alliance advisory council, Embodied Labs has started conversations with key players for the recently signed RAISE Family Caregiver Act that helps ensure care partners get the support and training they need to be successful.

We are so grateful for our partners and customers who believe in us and what we are doing to try and make a difference in the lives of our elders. We hope we are able to positively impact more and more professional and family care partners in many more communities around the globe.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year!

— The Embodied Labs Team

Product Update

Introducing Dima

The production team is gearing up to film The Dima Lab — the newest Embodied Lab that will join our immersive platform for professional caregivers and family care partners. This three-module lab will explore the life of Dima — a Lebanese immigrant — and her Lebanese American family, as they navigate her growing symptoms associated with Lewy Body dementia and Parkinson’s disease. This lab will bring our subscribers the opportunity to use VR to explore best practices for helping people experiencing uncontrollable actions that occur with dementia, cultural competency, transitioning to residential community care, and much more. Stay tuned for a release date soon!

Community Stories

Leading Age EXPO

Recently, Embodied Labs was proud to be featured at the Leading Age Annual Conference in Philadelphia, where over 8,000 aging services met to exchange groundbreaking ideas for a new future in aging care. Our My Self pavilion was part of the Day in the Life exhibit alongside friends at It's Never 2 Late and Hamilton CapTel.

Our largest exhibit and first-ever conference installation allowed us to share with attendees a fuller picture of how Embodied Labs works and expand our 4-step Prepare, Embody, Reflect, and Apply framework to a multi-room-scale experience. Our goal was to help fellow care partners gain perspective, develop confidence, increase knowledge, and engage more meaningfully with the elders for whom they provide care.

We are grateful for everyone who shared in this experience with us and took the time to write their stories on our reflection walls. Thank you also to everyone at Leading Age, THW Design, and HP for your energetic and unwavering support. The entire conference was an inspiring collaboration of how technology can be used to help older adults. Until next time!

Green House Project Annual Meeting

It was an honor to be the platinum sponsor for The Green House Project’s 2018 annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky: “Innovations that Empower Your Possible.”

COO Erin Washington presented at a pre-conference for 40 shabazhim (a “Shabhaz” is the special name the Green House Project calls all of their CNAs), in which everyone in the room had the opportunity to embody Beatriz — an older adult living with Alzheimer’s — and then discuss how it personally impacted them and their care practices.

The next day, CEO Carrie Shaw inspired a roomful of conference attendees by talking about the story of Embodied Labs — and highlighting the fact that technology should foster deeper and more meaningful human connection — not replace it. Thank you Green House Project for all that you do to empower growth and meaningful care for elders!

Aging 2.0 Optimize Conference

Embodied Labs was fortunate to be invited as exhibitors at Aging 2.0 Optimize with generous sponsorship from AARP Innovation Labs. Creative Director Eva Mae Baucom brought our experience to the San Francisco event to share Embodied Labs with a global audience eager to change the how the whole world cares for older adults.

What We're Reading

Growing a Strong Direct Care Workforce: A Recruitment and Retention Guide for Employers
"Developing a successful recruitment & retention strategy takes time but the investment pays off." — PHI National

Why you shouldn’t be afraid of your aging brain
"Yes, our cognition slows as we grow older, but some activities and even attitudes can help." — Boston Globe 

Every Older Patient Has a Story. Medical Students Need to Hear It
"At more than 20 medical schools in the United States, students are getting an earful - about life, about perspective - from healthy seniors." — New York Times

The Comforting Fictions of Dementia Care
"Many facilities are using nostalgic environments as a means of soothing the misery, panic, and rage their residents experience." — The New Yorker

Up Next

CES - Digital Health Summit

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

“Who Will Rescue Alzheimer’s if Pharma Can’t?”
A Brain and Mental Health Crises Intervention

CEO Carrie Shaw will be starting the new year off right at the Digital Health Summit in Las Vegas for CES, one of the world’s largest events for businesses of consumer technologies. Hope to see you at #CES2019!

Mary Furlong of Mary Furlong & Associates, Andy Miller of AARP's Innovation Lab, The Hatchery, and Carrie Shaw celebrate Embodied Labs' first place win at the AARP Grand Pitch in Washington DC — thank you to AARP Innovation Labs for the recognition!

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