Seniors

Demographic of age 65+, often segmented into four decades with differing characteristics

Marketing nonsense alternatives to assisted living by preying on fear

Are ‘drop-in chefs’ an alternative to assisted living?  Some headline writers saw an opportunity – and some ran with the title even though the original NPR story stepped back a bit and said ‘help seniors stay in their own homes.’  You probably have heard that cost-sharing is an alternative to assisted living. Or sharing your home with roommates through Room2Carewith the founder wisely observing “Not everyone needs to be in assisted living.” Or let’s take Granny Pods – are they an alternative to assisted living? Remember these – prefab back yard cottages fit up with computers to provide medication reminders?  Or maybe Information Week’s Eight Technologies provide an alternative to assisted living (the article said ‘changing home health care’ but web designers know SEO and threw in 'assisted living.' >>> Read more . . .

Unintended consequences: caregivers may be a barrier to the aging becoming tech savvy

04/30/2015

 Andover, MA, USA – The Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Philips released the final results of a three-part aging study today, revealing that family caregivers are unintentional barriers to technology adoption and usage by older adults in their care – even though they acknowledge it can be an important way of enriching the care recipient’s life.   >>> Read more . . .

Depression is on the rise among seniors

Depression is rising among the senior population, affecting 6.5 million people aged 65+.

04/27/2015

Room2Care: Cost-sharing program gives seniors an alternative to assisted living

Site to connect Miami seniors with those who can provide care, services locally.

04/25/2015

Drop-In Home Chefs May Be An Alternative To Assisted Living

Founded in Madison, WI, company sends professional cooks into seniors' homes.

04/27/2015

Identity theft is a big deal -- and it's too late to stop it

Had your identity stolen lately? Oh well, you probably did. A few months ago, California’s Anthem Blue Cross admitted that someone had stolen 80 million health records, complete with name, address, SS # and more. A certain amount of self-congratulation can be found in its letter to the 80+ million: "The information accessed may have included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, employment information, including income data. We have no reason to believe credit card or banking information was compromised." What a relief. But with the ‘minimal’ data stolen, the thieves got busy and filed for tax refunds from the IRS, which helpfully encourages direct deposit of the refund. TurboTax halted its electronic filing process recently due to likely fraudulent filing. And the IRS, which admits to weak fraud detection tools, will issue refunds as a result of this travesty.   >>> Read more . . .

In race for Medicare dollars, nursing home care may lag

22 percent of Medicare patients who stayed in a nursing facility for 35 days or less experienced harm.

04/15/2015

Why We Need To Get Rid Of Senior Centers

Turning traditional centers into places where young and old spend time together.

03/19/2015

WSJ: A guide to not retiring

Numerous examples of the non-retired.

03/16/2015

For seniors stranded by geography, improve service and technology

The census highlights difficulty for family caregivers and the 80+.  Last week we posted an analysis of US Census data revealing those locations in the US with low Caregiver Support Ratios (CSR) – in other words, seniors aged 80+ stranded with limited care availability. CSR (discussed in this landmark AARP report) represents the population aged 45-64 who could (though they may not be) able to help seniors aged 80+ and includes both family and professional caregivers.  The AARP report indicated a current nationwide average of 7 people available to help care for 1 person aged 80+.  The report warned about those future years when baby boomers turn 80 and the ratio drops to 4:1 and lower. However, further analysis reveals a current potential problem in locations such as: >>> Read more . . .

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