January 2009

Ten Steps for Vendors In or Approaching Aging in Place Technology Market

The SilversSummit at CES in January, 2009 was the first-ever track in this giant consumer product show that focused on technology for boomers and seniors. To one observer, there were as many vendors at the event wondering about market entry as active. Based on my surfing of boatloads of websites lately, to those in and considering entry – here are 10 steps to take: >>> Read more . . .

Desire versus outcome -- you can't always get what you want

I have been struck lately by disconnects between desire and reality -- what boomers and seniors want to happen and what may actually happen. In each one of these, planning is skipped in favor of dealing later with misery.  >>> Read more . . .

Protecting facility residents from abuse takes minimal technology

This news item makes me very angry and should enrage you as well -- but you don't have to be a futurist to see how it could and should be prevented -- in assisted living facilities as well as nursing homes. So two teenage aides who were 'working' at a Minnesota nursing home -- ironically run by the 'Good Samaritans' -- have been charged this week with extreme abuse of multiple Alzheimer's residents over many months. >>> Read more . . .

Healthsense eNeighbor -- resident monitoring extended and extensible

Today, most ALFs and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) have not invested broadly in home monitoring technology. But some new CCRCs are designed from the ground up. Some, like Lutheran Home Association of Minnesota, have invested in wireless broadband, providing an opportunity for  Minnesota-based Healthsense™ to implement its eNeighbor™ product line throughout as a means to facilitate aging in place. >>> Read more . . .

Silvers Summit -- PCs and Ease of Use from HP and Microsoft

Demos dazzle when done right. And a CES/Silvers Summit demo of HP's TouchSmart 'all-in-one' computer (available for the past year) demo'd as an appealing product for boomers and seniors -- starting at $1299.99 on HP's store. Although, the experience of owning one may still benefit from a Geek Squad-like visit for setting it up -- for those who get dizzy when faced with a box full of components. >>> Read more . . .

Silvers Summit -- a few thoughts after this first CES event about technology for seniors

It's been a long couple of days. So many vendors, so little brain capacity left. But let's get right down to the point. Silvers Summit is the first time CES has ever had a day-long track allocated to discussions and presentations about technology and aging. Although that should dispel doubts as to whether this is a category of consumer products, in some ways, it didn't really fit. >>> Read more . . .

Money Follows the Person - moving seniors out of nursing homes?

Wow, does this sound like a good idea for seniors in nursing homes in Connecticut. Or maybe not for seniors. Connecticut has found $56 million of state and federal money for a program called "Money Follows the Person" to help 700 seniors and people with disabilities, including mental illness, who have been in nursing homes more than 6 months and on Medicaid assistance to re-enter the community over the next five years -- either to homes, apartments, assisted living, or elsewhere. All kinds of support programs are available to make it work, so says the press release and related sites. >>> Read more . . .