Today during my bus commute I intentionally sat behind an Old lady and her friend. Just to observe her. As observation is one of the key aspects of understanding the user.
She kept on talking normally to her friend about the things going on in her life. I was listening but not paying careful attention. Until, one particular thing caught my attention. On one previous night, she forgot where her car was? Paying careful attention to the talk, I came to know how distressed she became as she had parked her car at another bus stop and she got down on another. She and her friend laughed over this talk, but for any observer, this is a point to be noted. She also talked about how she keeps on forgetting little things. (Note: This is not related to Alzheimer's) Memory loss is one of the main signs of aging. And as an elderly, this can become a serious issue.
For Financial institutions, here is a problem to be solved. What if financial institutions like Banks, Credit Unions, help in aiding elderly when to pay their bills or actually assist in paying bills. There are online systems in place for them to pay bills online, a significant % of that age group between 50-65 might even be using it. But what for 65+, these people need financial services as well. Why not have some sort of Bill reminders in Monthly statements personalized to the client? Modern IT solutions can really help in personalizing monthly bank statements, why not use them to customize for every client of yours? This will not only help 65+ but also the age group from 50-65. As google says, "We are trying to create an individual google for each one of you." With the same technology, why can't financial institutions create personalized experiences? Monthly reminders, checklists on the monthly statements can help elderly organize their bill pay along with their banking.