The CareBank Project has been selected by the National Academy of Medicine as a Healthy Longevity Global Competition International Catalyst Award Winner!

In January 2020, innovators from around the world responded in huge numbers with ideas and innovations. After careful review by experts, a select number of standout ideas were chosen. On October 15, the awards were announced. Among them, The CareBank Project: a PeerCare Platform Connecting Elders for the Pandemic and its Aftermath. To learn about the CareBank Project and Healthy Longevity Award, please visit:


Black Lives Matter March: Morrison Bridge, Portland, Oregon; June 3, 2020 source:

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Across bridges and nations, young and old march together through this pandemic, while Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) suffer disproportionately from COVID-19. Epidemiologists predict waves of infections through 2022. CareWheels empowers us to take better care of ourselves by taking good care of each other.


"Now is the time to care selflessly about one another."

Dr. Anthony Fauci

As part of our mission for health equity for all, CareWheels unequivocally affirms that Black Lives Matter. We know words are not enough on their own, and we are deploying our technology services and resources to support Black lives, and continue to work on ways to better reach and provide for the Black elder community.




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Population aging is one of the most
social transformations of the
21st century.


92% of Americans want to stay in their
own home as long as possible.


The influence of social relationships on
risk of death
are comparable with
and alcohol consumption.


• Elders living in isolation are one of the
largest and fastest-growing
underserved populations.


• The value of social networks increases
as we age.


• The CareBank combines Smart Home
sensor assisted TeleCare and TimeBank
social networking to support successful



Greater independence through interdependence


CareWheels is helping to reduce
the impact and aftermath of the
COVID-19 pandemic with the
CareBank, a social care network
that connects people in mutual
peer-to-peer circles of PeerCare.

“Stay Home, Stay Safe” orders
leave many people struggling
with social isolation – loneliness,
loss of connection, meaning and
purpose – causing depression,
substance abuse and a startling
rise in suicides.


I write this letter during an emerging Covid-19 crisis
that is wreaking havoc upon older people. Many are
succumbing to the disease at alarming rates, and many
more face more loneliness and isolation than usual due
to necessary social distancing. The peer-to-peer
support models CareWheels has developed give us the
opportunity to help older adults maintain purpose,
connection, and health through low-investment
technologies and programs. As an executive at Intel
and now the National Institutes of Health funding
promising innovations in aging-in-place and personal
health solutions, I have rarely seen results as promising
as what Claude and his participants have produced.

- Eric Dishman, Intel Fellow,
  CareWheels Director
Emeritus; March 2020


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The essence of PeerCare is greater independence through interdependence. Peers tackle fears and loneliness by fostering relationships based on mutual support, trust and camaraderie. PeerCare provides social incentives that improve healthy behaviors to reduce needless suffering, preventable crises, emergency room visits and hospital admissions.


PeerCare in the palm of your hand

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The CareBank is a Care Sharing Economy Platform that integrates TeleCare Sensors with a TimeBank Server and Behavioral Economic Principles in an easy-to-use app. It implements three recommendations from President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report about Independence, Technology, and Connection in Older Age:


Online tools help older adults participate in the sharing economy and work remotely.

Time Banks allow seniors to donate services now to access help from others when they need it.

Remote monitoring and sensors help people age-in-place while ensuring safety and maintaining health.


Empowering Elders with EldereadyTM Sensors

CareWheels Eldeready Sensor


CareWheels is developing innovative EldereadyTM Sensors for the 50 million low- and moderate-income older Americans most in need of health care, economic security and support services to maintain their health and independence through this COVID pandemic and its aftermath.


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Sensors are placed on important items, like the pillbox and refrigerator, to detect problems before they become crises by sensing routine activity patterns and detecting anomalies in routine activities. The CareBank integrates activity sensors with smartphones and social incentives to connect, detect, alert and reward PeerCare participants. It empowers elders to help save lives and money, by detecting problems before they become crises and rewarding elders for providing PeerCare services from the comfort of home.


CareBank = TeleCare + TimeBank 



The CareBank combines TeleCare with a TimeBank, empowering people to pay-it-forward by investing surplus human capital to build shared social capital. The CareBank App automatically rewards peers for monitoring and response services by crediting their CareBank account. Credits may be exchanged for home and community-based support services such as transportation, errands and household repairs. We improve upon the proven TimeBank model of reciprocity and asset based community development by automatically crediting CareBank members for their daily services.


 CareWheels Theory of Change

CareBank Theory of Change

The CareBank makes it easy for us to
be a peer support group. The simplicity
of the CareBank App is its biggest
advantage. This system is extremely
well suited to helping people who live
alone and require minimal supervision.
I think every person living alone should
be covered by a CareWheels system
because this system will signal a health
problem or death in circumstances
where there might otherwise be no
indication of a problem. The CareBank
is proving to be beneficial to help keep
our CareWheels Group safely in contact
as we shelter in place to protect from
the Coronavirus pandemic.

- Art Henderson, Participant
  CareBank Pilot
March 2020



Peer-based, not Fear-based

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The CareBank is different from medical alert buttons, advertised with fearful cries for HELP, which only work if the button is pushed. The CareBank detects problems before they become crises by sensing routine activity patterns and alerting peers on their CareBank Apps when those activities, like taking medications and meals, are not detected.


Working Better Together

Through this pandemic, we see that we are all connected to something larger that makes us vulnerable and gives life meaning. The CareBank harnesses technology to promote interdependence that is a key to unlock our potential to reinvent our world by working better together.



CareWheels is partnering with the City of
Portland Bureau of Planning and
Sustainability, Age-Friendly Portland,
Office of Community & Civic Life
Disability Program, and Smart City PDX
to serve urban underserved communities.

These partnerships will connect us with
diverse participants through local
organizations including REACH (Racial
and Ethnic Approaches to Community
Health) and the Immigrant and Refugee
Community Organization, representing
communities at high risk of COVID. They
will provide community input to co-create
culturally appropriate CareBank services
and help us recruit PeerCare volunteers.

    This [CareBank] project in uniquely situated
to utilize technology to enhance social
connections and interdependence, address
loneliness, and advance safety and wellbeing
among older adult, people with
disabilities, and caregivers who serve as peer
volunteers. This project is timely and needed
at a moment when Portland (and much of the
U.S.) is becoming increasingly diverse and
markedly older; as importantly, this project
provides new options for response and
recovery related to the current COVID-19
pandemic and future emergencies. I am
excited about this work and envision
opportunities for PeerCare to meet the needs
of Portland’s population and beyond.
- Alan DeLaTorre, Ph.D., Age-Friendly Cities,
program manager, City of Portland, Oregon;
April 2020



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 Claude A. Goodman
CareWheels Founder

I am a Gerontechnologist, trained in Biomedical Engineering. My mission is to serve by developing technologies designed to strengthen the Social Determinants of Health. CareWheels develops social care network technologies that support elder empowerment at home and interdependent living in community. The CareBank is based on research that revealed the transformative power of Peer-Care: we take better care of ourselves when we take good care of each other.