nana technology
n. Technology, particularly microchip-based devices, designed to improve the quality of life of the elderly. Also: nanatechnology.

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Nana technology” is both a play on the common nickname for grandmothers and on nano technology, which represents everything it is not. Nano technology is about making everything ever smaller, while nana technology is about making small technology bigger and giving seniors the tools to keep them safe and be more mentally alert.
—Frank Jossi, “Technology Nana will love,” Star Tribune, January 31, 2012

No, that’s not a typo. Nanotechnology refers to technological devices smaller than a poppy seed. At the risk of making a bad joke, I’ll call nanatechnology the computer stuff for grandmas and grandpas, many of whom are your clients and patients.
—Neal E. Cutler, “Nanatechnology: Bridging the Generational Digital Divide,” Today’s Geriatric Medicine, March 25, 2008

Earliest Citation:
George Mason’s Andrew Carle, assistant professor in the College of Health and Human Services and director of its assisted living program, has given a name to the multibillion dollar industry serving the rapidly growing elderly population — what he, and now others, refer to as “Nana” technology.
—Lori Jennings, “Mason Professor Dubs Products for the Elderly ‘Nana’ Technology,” The Mason Gazette, August 8, 2006

Notes:
A second sense of this just-right play on nanotechnology refers to a kind of technostalgia, that is, a fondness for older technology, particularly those tools and techniques that your grandmother or great-grandmother used:

So, a small foray into un-adulterated nana technology — no lights, no buttons, no silicon chips, no power-plugs. Just an accumulation of small craft projects — in the case of the doilies; scraps of time as spent by hundreds of women over god knows how long.
—Kirsten Bradley, “Canopies and Aprons,” The June Fox, November 15, 2007

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