As a follow-up to the November 3 entry on Wired Magazine’s Happy Meal of the future for seniors we collected existing products that could complete the menu today. We may not agree with the numerical age designation of the original Wired magazine entry, “for adults 65 and over”, but we understand that some of the items may be more relevant to physical decline of later life stages.
Big Mash® – EZ Chew Burger could be easily produced by Epikura’s unique technology which processes natural ingredients in order to modulate texture profiles. They are then reshaped appropriately to return the retexturized food to its natural look while preserving their true taste. Textures are modified by reducing particle sizes and by controlling firmness, cohesiveness, adhesiveness and springiness. This innovative process makes food safe and easy to swallow, especially for mild and severe dysphagia.
I sampled several dishes at the International Federation on Ageing’s 9th Global Conference and Ageing & Design Expo in September 2008. I tried a slice of ham, a ring of pineapple and chocolate cake. Every item looks and tastes as it supposed to but the texture was extremely smooth and required no chewing, which was a very strange sensory experience, especially for the slice of ham.
Senior Soft® – Lightly Carbonated Liquid Stool Softener can already be concocted with a can of 7-up and prune juice. But drinks of the future may offer more benefits than just a healthy digestive system. The Singaporean company, Wild Bunch & Co. sells 100% organic juice in distinctive bottles. Its seasonal menus feature a variety of pure and mixed fruit and vegetable juices, ranging from Easy Peazy (carrots, peas and parsnip) to Pineapple Zinger (pineapple and ginger).
Adorable “Gypsy”® – Plush Toy is a sure match for the therapeutic robot PARO which offers the documented benefits of animal therapy; improves brain function in people with cognition disorders, reduces stress and encourages relaxation. PARO has five kinds of sensors: tactile, light, audition, temperature, and posture sensors, with which it can perceive people and its environment. PARO feels being stroked by tactile sensor, or being held by the posture sensor. Paro can also recognize the direction of voice and words such as its name, greetings, and praise with its audio sensor. PARO responds as if it is alive, moving its head and legs, making sounds, and also imitates the voice of a real baby harp seal.