aging in place
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 05/23/2015 - 16:36
UK survey says people fear loss of independence worse than death.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Sat, 05/16/2015 - 13:54
Everybody off the bus -- the last convention for AARP. Last week’s Life@50+ National Event in Miami was reportedly the last time AARP will produce one of these national entertainment-filled conventions with speakers and tracks for all interests and crowds of boomer-and-beyond women (mostly, based on observation) -- volunteering to pack lunches, climbing onto buses, and basking in the Florida sunshine. The health-focused startup Live Pitch event on Thursday heard 4 minutes from the 10 finalists, 2 minutes from five Florida-based startups, and short 1-minute pitches from alternates from each of those. Judges selected Splitsecnd, a portable device-plus-service for automatic vehicle crash tracking (similar to GM's profitable OnStar, but currently vehicle brand-independent). The audience voted for Audicus (for buying lower-priced hearing aids online) and Constant Therapy (a mobile solution to help patients improve brain function after stroke or brain injury.) >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Mon, 05/04/2015 - 18:17
WASHINGTON, DC-- Every day, 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65, and Americans 85 and older are the fastest growing segment of our population. At the same time that our nation’s population is aging, the number of caregivers upon which these aging Americans can rely is decreasing. According to numerous surveys, most seniors want to continue to live independently in their own homes and avoid nursing homes and other institutionalized care as long as possible. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Tue, 04/28/2015 - 13:47
Competitions abound – all need groundwork. Just a few years ago you might have noticed that there were few business plan competitions for products and services targeting the older adult market (the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit begun by Mary Furlong in 2004 was a rare exception.) When its Letter of Intent page appeared at the end of 2011, CMS innovation grant applications included technology submissions behind the scenes, in partnership with non-profits and healthcare delivery organizations. Then came the $1 billion round two announced in December 2014 – and with that, multiple other tech solutions were included to help deliver significant changes, including health information exchanges, patient engagement, the emerging field of population health, and today’s CMS reimbursement for telehealth. With these approvals, CMS effectively laid the groundwork for many of the firms that compete today in health segments. >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:43
New program for hospital to home.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 15:33
What you can’t see is what you get. Rant on. You would think by now that there would be a traveling provider of just about everything anyone might need. You can order much of your supplies in your home from the Amazon of all stuff, uh, actually, that IS Amazon.com. These days – you probably know that doctors are making housecalls. Even podiatrists and dentists (did you know this?) will travel to assisted living facilities. Should people with dementia have annual eye exams? (Yes.) What about eye exams inside memory care units for non-verbal 90-year-olds? And what about the boxes of unclaimed eyeglasses by the nurses’ station? Who do they belong to? How can you tell? And how does a person with dementia verify that the current pair of glasses is inadequate? By rubbing their eyes and taking them off? >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 11:56
A growing number of seniors are turning to state-of-the-art digital tools to enable them to remain at home indefinitely.
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:59
The Washington Post article about aging in place was, uh, provocative. It provoked me, anyway. The concept of aging in place has been oversold, says Professor Stephen Golant, author of a new book called less provocatively Aging in the Right Place. The Post encapsulation included a few gems from his book, noting that seniors who prefer to age in place have 'residential inertia' -- and paraphrasing their thinking as 'I’d rather rot in my own home.' The premise that the concept was oversold to the public, however, makes a nice headline, almost sounding like a marketing campaign -- but that simply is not what has happened in the recent past. What else was going on? >>> Read more . . .
Submitted by Laurie Orlov on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:12
Business Week notes a mix of low- and high-tech offerings.