May 2009

Phone navigation is a critical aging in place technology

By 2013, phone-based navigation will be the dominant form of turn-by-turn navigation -- today more than one-third of North American consumers own or use some form of navigation services. So says a new Forrester Research analysis. >>> Read more . . .

Senior housing survey: differentiate with technology. . .in 2013

So I've said it: Technology access for senior housing residents (along with financial counseling on how to sell their homes) should be a differentiator now -- while facility unutilized capacity is so obvious and painful. Swapping out aging infrastructure could even save them money in their operations. >>> Read more . . .

Videos and aging in place technology

I am convinced that a video is worth a thousand words. I know, I regularly write at least that many words to explain to people about technology for aging in place -- and believe me, people get it far more quickly listening to me talk. So here's a short post that skips the words and shows videos of vendor products. >>> Read more . . .

What about the 'Medical Home'? Looking at IBM's vision for Patient Centered Medical Care

Recently I sat next to a neurologist on a flight who complained to me about a vexing problem. Elderly patients with dementia would arrive at her office to have their medications adjusted, but would bring no documentation of what they were already taking. Often the patient arrived from an Assisted Living or nursing home facility -- their excuse? Carrying the paperwork in the van was a violation of the patient's privacy. >>> Read more . . .

Consumer Cellular serves AARP target audience -- now and in the future

Last week we caught up with CEO of Consumer Cellular, John Marick, who talked about its now-nationwide service offering -- no contract service intended for the low-usage cell phone user. The firm went from being a small Northwest cell phone service reseller in the Northwest to becoming a national provider. Key to their offering: >>> Read more . . .

It's time to give nursing homes a break

So there aren't enough home care aides to take care of us now, let alone when the boomers hit prime time age 85+. Such a great human interest story for the Washington Post Magazine, ya gotta love it.  And I know how we all want to age in place, sitting alone in our own living rooms, with the home health care aide coming in to care for and check on us. And key to the plot -- our deep fear of nursing homes. >>> Read more . . .

Twitter -- the arrival and departure of Twitterers (Twitter Quitters)

I admit it -- I'm in an airport. So this blog entry from CIO.com caught my eye -- and should catch the eye of those who are determined to add Twitter to their internet marketing mix.  Who knew? It turns out that 60% of Twitter users fail to return to Twitter after a month of use. Some of the nominated factors:  >>> Read more . . .

Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) -- time for differentiation, more residents needed

It's been raining in Philadelphia. A lot, and somewhat metaphorically as well. Inside this convention of management of mostly for-profit Senior Living housing companies (and 300 exhibitors trying to sell to them), the keynote theme was about differentiation. Why it's so important, because filling the buildings of attending companies -- like Brookdale, Sunrise, Emeritus, Bell Senior Living, Country Meadows -- these days is tougher than ever. >>> Read more . . .