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CCRC Sees Future as Angie’s List of Senior Living

CCRC (one) sees future as 'Angie's List of Senior Living.'   Lots of talk about this forever, but still virtually none are offering virtual senior living.

04/09/2014

Is technology a threat to senior housing industry?

The answer, says Joseph Coughlin of MIT AgeLab, is both.

03/19/2014

A shortage of caregivers -- now

More than 1.3 million new paid caregivers will be needed to meet demand over the next decade.

02/26/2014

Buying the customer base – Facebook seizes WhatsApp, Brookdale acquires Emeritus

Facebook spends on WhatsApp -- Brookdale buys Emeritus.  It’s been an interesting week. Most people do not see a parallel in these two acquisitions, I’m quite sure, since the target user of each is separated by, oh, say 50 years. So what does it mean to consumers that Brookdale, in a 2.8 billion stock deal, will now be the first national and largest owner-operator senior living company in the United States -- with more than 1100 locations in 46 states? What does it mean that Facebook, that completely-closed purveyor of ads, pictures and Likes, spent $16-19 billion, just about the largest tech acquisition price EVER, on a messaging tool with no ads, no games, and no gimmicks that costs virtually nothing to use – other than a smart phone’s data plan? But it’s big overseas in places where Facebook isn't – and best of all, it requires your phone number to use -- which Facebook will now have if it didn't already. >>> Read more . . .

Brookdale Senior Living buys Emeritus

02/20/2014

Nashville, Tenn. and Seattle, Wash., February 20, 2014 -- Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) and Emeritus Corporation (NYSE: ESC) today announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement to create the first national senior living solutions company. The combined companies will serve the growing market for senior living solutions as the single branded provider operating the only nationwide network of senior living communities with fully integrated ancillary services across the continuum of care. >>> Read more . . .

Brookdale Senior Living buys Emeritus

Why is this good for seniors?

02/21/2014

ALFA: Top Senior Living Stories of 2013

An interesting collection about the industry -- take a look.

01/02/2014

ALFA: Senior Living Technology 2013 Highlights

Not a survey, but noting of use of EHR, care coordination, sensors, and mobile apps.

12/24/2013

Referral Service Aims to be the eHarmony of Senior Care

Dallas-based accelerator program spawns a new Care Referral service, Cariloop

12/05/2013

Who knows technology adoption of the real seniors -- aged 75+?

Accenture exaggerates wildly -- but what should we think?   Rant on. Accenture, seeing a void of 'information' to use to gain new clients, put out an obfuscating headline in a press release last week that precipitates pause. More than pause -- the need for a willing suspension of disbelief: Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage their Health.  To generate that headline, they surveyed 9015 adults internationally, including the US -- and, get this, of those, they included 200 aged 65+ Medicare recipients. Of course, 2 percent of the survey responders is what led some PR genius at Accenture to grab attention with that headline. So what's a senior, anyway?  Accenture was pitching global consulting services, naturally, and promoting the report that sat behind the headline -- intended for companies filled with young marketers trying to penetrate the mystique of consumers. But when Accenture foists a fact-like assertion, doesn't this make you want to know -- so what IS the technology adoption rate of the real seniors in the US? In September, Pew's researchers sent this along about those aged 76-80: 8.3% have a smart phone, 60.8 have a regular feature phone and 30.9% have neither type. Odds are that the 30.9% population is not online and thus won't be seeking a digital tool to manage their health. >>> Read more . . .

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