dementia care

Includes reference to dementia and possible use of tracking devices and other mitigating technology to assist families who have a relative with dementia

Sensors let Alzheimer's patients stay at home, safely

Caregivers turn to smart-home technology and wearable devices to monitor family members.

08/26/2014

At one assisted living facility, residents are tracked in real time

Pilot program uses wearable devices to track residents, most with dementia.

07/27/2014

Stanford Longevity Center Design Challenge Winners

7 winners announced.

01/23/2014

Using Tech to create Smart Walls and Tables for Dementia Care

Dementia care – it’s 4:00 and what’s happening?  In a nearby memory care unit in an Assisted Living community, the movie has ended, the credits rolled. Next up – visitors hear loud yelling and observe a staff member separating and redirecting an able-bodied resident. Count the number of residents in wheelchairs -- nearly half of the unit -- awaiting some physical care before dinner. These residents seem ever-more frail -- likely because they are delaying move-in until the need is urgent. Often it appears that staff is supplemented with home health or companion services -- note that these providers are assigned to individual residents, not the group -- just like the resident-specific role played by visiting hospice workers. It may appear that there are many staffers around, but minus the one-on-one folks, there aren't enough staffers to keep everyone else occupied. Now consider the dependency on staff to engage these otherwise-bored and idle residents. Soon it will be dinner time and the activities person will have left for the day. Staff members (who earn a national average of $11.10/hour) get busy with ADL-related chores before/after meals and before bed. >>> Read more . . .

GPS for Wandering Dog-Walker Shows Dementia Challenge

UK: MindMe GPS devices can locate a carrier’s whereabouts every four minutes.

10/12/2013

3 ways technology could help tackle dementia

A LeadingAge member and 2 universities are developing and testing 3 high-tech ways.

10/01/2013

Stanford Center on Longevity competition challenges students to design products to help older adults

09/26/2013

The design contest solicits entries from student teams worldwide and is aimed at finding solutions that help keep people with cognitive impairments independent as long as possible.

By Brooke Donald >>> Read more . . .

Four Recent Technologies for Aging in Place - Sept 2013

Rounding up the recent technology launches – tech for older adults.  Catching up, here are few recent announcements from in-market companies.  A brief digression: I get a bit upset when I read about companies in the news that are  described as offering "SOLUTIONS" about products that are not ready, products for which they could be taking pre-orders, but basically there is nothing to buy. This is especially unfortunate in the category of PERS, where consumers expect a solution can address a fear of falling and being left alone. It is especially NOT okay for products that target the senior housing industry, where the residents may be very frail, where the companies are very cautious, and the industry is not known for leading with tech of any type, let alone one that is so new that it cannot be purchased.  So here are four new offerings – it is my belief/hope that all are available -- preventing a few others from being on the list. Content is from the vendors’ press information: >>> Read more . . .

AlertID Offers Solutions to Help Alzheimer’s Patients and Families

09/04/2013

Las Vegas, Nevada and Palo Alto, CaliforniaSeptember 4, 2013 ― September is the second global World Alzheimer’s Month, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma about Alzheimer’s Disease. For AlertID, the free nationwide program that helps families to Live Safely, it is a great time to share tips and tools to help protect loved ones with Alzheimer’s and offer solutions for their families. >>> Read more . . .

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