Almost four years ago, I traveled to Shanghai to attend an executive-level conference on aging. At the time, I was operating a home and community-based concierge service and experimenting with technologies in my clients' homes. As an operator and granddaughter, I wasn't exactly thrilled with the technology offerings (or, rather, the lack thereof) for older generations in the US.
I attended the Global Aging Network conference in Shanghai because some of the best operators in home and community-based care, as well as long-term care, were in attendance from countries including Japan, Germany, Australia, and even South Africa. I was on a mission to find out what gerontechnology these countries were using to care for their aging populations.
As evidenced below, the adventure didn't stop in Shanghai. I also traveled with my mentor and Mandarin speaking Charlotte-native friend. We were fortunate to catch a rare visibility day on The Great Wall outside of Beijing - the following week China had the worst air quality warning on record.
After taking an overnight coal sleeper train with my North Carolina native Mandarin speaking Colorado transplant friend Virginia to Inner Mongolia. I've never felt so out of place in my life. It was great and I'm glad we opted for the Holiday Inn over other options. We also rode the infamous Mongolian horses on the windy grasslands (where it was so that even the insulated pants we bought at the market couldn't prevent us from borrowing more gear).