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HEALTH & AGING
Artifcts Joins AgeWise Colorado's Chat About Stories & Your Stuff

AgeWise Colorado brings together resources to help people to age well in Colorado. Unsurprising, political state boundaries have little bearing on the relevance of the thoughtful guidance and advice the partners of AgeWise Colorado share in the organization's regular webinar series. From solo aging to nutrition at every age to the latest in tech, AgeWise Colorado helps you stay abreast of the latest so you can make transformative, knowledgeable, and informed choices as you live your best life.

Cue story-sharing, in its many forms and purposes. Enjoy the show!

If you skip the video, here's what you missed!

Leading off the discussion was Lisa Culhane, a guided autobiography instructor and life coach. It can be intimidating and frustrating for some just to get started with their stories. What's my objective? Where to begin? How much detail? Lisa is herself an author and believes writing your stories is the key to discovering the lessons and wisdom you want to carry forward into your third act. It’s why she is passionate about supporting people in finding, writing, and sharing their unique stories. 

Artifcts co-founder Ellen Goodwin offered insights into how the simplest and most ordinary of objects are powerful inspirational sources for story-telling and story-sharing. Artifcts is the means through which you can ensure those stories are actually captured along with the photos, video, and audio to help bring them to life and give them fuller context. "You'd be surprised how the most reluctant storytellers or interviewees will open up when you grab an object and ask the simple question, 'What is this?'" Of course, Ellen pointed out, you then have the huge benefits Artifcts offers to share that story or use your Artifcts for other purposes, such as estate and financial planning, insurance support, and more.

You'd be surprised how the most reluctant storytellers [] will open up when you grab an object and ask the simple question, 'What is this?' 

Closing the discussion was Maggie Gannon, an advanced practice nurse and founder and CEO of Haven—keeper of life stories and magic moments of the heart. Haven is an all-in-one, under one roof space for legacy preservation. Haven aims to make it easy to preserve your story and grow closer together with loved ones now, while helping everyone stay connected to your memory after death.

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Massachusetts Digital Health Chooses Artifcts for Healthy Aging Sandbox

Massachusetts Digital Health (MeHI) has chosen Artifcts and seven other companies to participate in a two-month sandbox program this spring to support innovation related to healthy aging, including physical, mental, and/or social health. Two of the other finalists are also AARP AgeTech Collaborative companies. Read the full announcement from MeHI here.

Artifcts will meet with leading researchers, MassDigital Ecosystem organizations including state agencies, venture capitalists, and other innovators creating digital health solutions that improve the lives of older adults to help scope a brain health research project. At the conclusion of the Sandbox program, Artifcts will pitch its product and Sandbox research project for the opportunity to win $50,000 to complete the project.

"We're excited! MeHI is trying to help accelerate the innovation lifecycle by making the introductions, sharing the lessons learned, and helping companies develop research theses with fewer brick walls. We're here and ready to continue supporting and playing a role in the health aging ecosystem," said Heather Nickerson, Co-founder and CEO of Artifcts.

Research has already established that social engagement and sense of purpose are critical at all ages, especially those with diagnoses that affect brain health. Together with MassDigital our research could yield data to support our existing anecdotal observations that Artifcts helps with social connection, bolsters sense of purpose, and combats loneliness. We could also explore the memory recall aspect of Artifcting and its clinical effects. Any Artifct can rely on a combination of short- and long-term memory recall, e.g., mementos and photos from their youth as well as those that are more recent photos, mementos, and artistic creations. How does this recall-based experience affect the quality of life for those living with dementia, potentially including: mood, resiliency to day-to-day frustrations, interest in other social engagements, and cooperative care behaviors?

"Artifcts is not your run of the mill book or app asking you to record stories and memories from general questions. Artifcts are inherently autobiographical and start with an object or photo. Only you know and can write or orate the story/description for your own Artifct," said Ellen Goodwin, Co-founder and CSO of Artifcts. "This means that you could, in theory, use the structured and unstructured data inherent to the Artifct as input for machine learning to observe changes in vocabulary, sentence structure, detail level, sentiment, and even voice. Could detecting these changes reveal changes in brain health or alert people to potential cognitive impairment? Could the model become predictive, too? We'd love to find out!"

Stay tuned as we proceed through the MassDigital program to select a research partner from the Massachusetts Digital Health Ecosystem to pitch MeHI at MIT on June 28 for funding to support our future research into brain health! Local? RSVP to come watch!

MeHI Healthy Aging Pitch Event on June 28, 2023

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Artifcts Live with Alzheimer's Speaks

Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer's Speaks, brings people to her "radio show" who are in the trenches, working to make a difference for those who have dementia as well as the caregivers to those with dementia. Lori is also the co-founder of sister site Dementia Map, which supports you and your family and/or business with free educational resources, a guide to service providers across 150 categories, and a growing collection of local memory cafes, searchable by state. (You can read more about Artifcts and how to get started in the Dementia Map blog, too!)

The cofounders of Artifcts, along with the executive director of the National Aging in Place Council, joined Lori to talk very directly about all our stuff and how Artifcts helps you to transform the stuff we collect and accumulate in life from a burden today—dust it, store it, move it!—and on future generations, who must wrestle with what to do with it all when it outlives us! Artifcts is here for your entire "village," no matter age or life stage. 

Enjoy the replay!

Artifcts is going to help so many people ... sometimes when we have friends and family deal with our stuff, they just label it junk. ... Artifcts helps to ensure our belongings enhance life. - Lori La Bey

And before you go, check out Lori Le Bay's new book, Betty the Bald Chicken: Lessons on How to Care. Inspired by Lori’s journey caring for her mother, who lived 30 years with Alzheimer's disease, this endearing book explores hard topics and the tough feelings that go with them. 

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Artifcts Lights Up The Positive Aging Community

“If you want an engaging conversation, ask people about the ‘stuff’ in their homes!” said Steve Gurney, Founder and Director of The Positive Aging Community, after a delightful and high energy conversation with the founders of Artifcts yesterday. 

The Positive Aging Community seeks to foster the connections to the right solutions and the connections to help make aging choices easier and more accessible for all. Within that framework, Artifcts has created a brand new domain for ‘stuff,' so that all the objects we collect and accumulate as we live our lives are transformed from a burden on future generations – and even as we move and downsize today—to the source of personal connection, story and legacy, and financial security.

“It’s not enough to capture memories with journals and interviews and ignore all the ‘stuff,’ and today we learned that The Positive Aging Community agrees,” said Artifcts co-founder Heather Nickerson.  “There’s a lot of frustration and exhaustion out there because of the burden stuff has become to store, sort through, and find future homes for. If we can alleviate that burden and capture the meaning, memories, histories behind our belongings as well, we’ve made the world better.”

The entire discussion with The Positive Aging Community is available on instant replay here. The discussion ranged far and wide. A few themes we touched on included:

  • The simplicity of creating Artifcts – As Steve said, if you can join a Zoom call, you can create an Artifct. 
  • No need to be a storyteller or have that kind of time in order to create Artifcts. Just write five words, e.g. “My mother gave me it.”
  • Collaborating through Artifcts' invite-only circles and shared editing privileges to capture stories you do not personally know at all or only in light detail
  • How to Artifct large photo, document, and other collections
  • Making Artifcts more accessible to those who are less comfortable on computers and smart phones through Artifcting with a child or grandchild
  • Finding the right solution for your needs and making sure you know how you can download your digital assets and assign legacy contacts so your digital assets are not lost in cyberspace in the event you or a loved one passes away.

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Artifcts Announces Collaboration with Insight Memory Care Center

Artifcts is pleased to announce its expansion into the memory care community, where the joys of our daily lives represented by the objects we keep can empower everyone to capture their story. Artifcts' collaboration with Virginia-based Insight Memory Care Center (IMCC) will help to bring the power of story-sharing to the IMCC community.

"Insight Memory Care Center is excited to collaborate with Artifcts to bring their innovative, engaging and meaningful service to IMCC families with early stage dementia," said Lindsey Vajpeyi, Early State Programs Director. "IMCC values care, connection, and creativity, and Artifcts is a platform that strives for the same. Artifcting provides an opportunity to spend quality time with friends, family, and care partners to remember, document and share stories in a safe and supportive environment."

Artifcts does away with the need for story prompts and tedious inventories of a life lived. Instead those tangible mementos, photos, and videos you keep provide the source of inspiration. Artifcting is an easy and fun way to remember the moments of life behind those objects and preserve your personal history and legacy. Keep your Artifcts collection private or share it to connect with your community and your loved ones – you decide!

IMCC cares for a diversity of memory impairments and offers a variety of innovative programs to support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. IMCC also provides support, education, programming and resources to families, caregivers, and the community. By offering person-centered and holistic care, IMCC creates opportunity and a community for those affected by memory impairments to live their highest quality of life.

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DEMENTIA RESOURCES

During the course of our work at Artifcts, we've come across a pleathora of resources related to those affected by dementia. Starting local is imperative to social connection and availability with the every expanding digital universe, so many more options are now at our fingertips. Many you likely know, including the Alzheimer's Association, UsAgainstAlzheimer's, and AARP. There are two additional resources that have learned about more recently that we wanted to flag for those just starting this journey or on the lookout for new resources:

    • Alzheimer's Speaks. Artifcts recently joined their free directory called the Dementia Map. We encourage you to explore the map to find the right resources for you and your loved ones.
    • Great Age Reboot. One of the standout features is that the Reboot Your Age app includes research-supported programming, including the quintessential "games" associated with brain health. Artifcts has no affiliation with this company.

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Artifcts Joins the What's Next in Longevity and Innovation Summit

Artifcts is thrilled to be an invited sponsor and speaker at The What’s Next Longevity Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. The Summit convenes leaders who are innovating within the AgeTech space to help adults live longer, better lives. Heather Nickerson, Co-founder and CEO of Artifcts, will serve as the moderator of a panel titled, "The Power of Story and Legacy," which will delve into the meaningful, functional, and clinical perspectives on storytelling within the storyline of longevity. 

Power of Story and Legacy Panelists

The panel of experts will include: Ellen Goodwin, Co-founder and CSO of Artifcts; Beth Sanders, Founder and CEO of LifeBio; Rick Voight, Co-founder and CEO of Vivid-Pix; and Daniel Sieberg, Co-founder and CMO of GoodTrust. 

“We are honored to be recognized as a thought leader in the AgeTech space, and we look forward to making new connections at the Summit to help us as we continue to grow and scale,” said Nickerson. Artifcts is the only holistic SAAS platform designed to tackle the world of ‘stuff,’ allowing individuals and families to tell their story, preserve their history, and build their legacy, one object at a time.

“The passion and strategy the founders of Artifcts bring to this critical area of human connection and legacy leaves you in awe and inspires you to think about the world around you differently,” said Mary Furlong. “We at MFA look forward to watching them become a dominant player in the market.”

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