Seniors

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

Tech for aging at home – plenty of news, what’s the meaning?

In tackling aging with tech -- interesting few weeks.  Sometimes odd things happen in sequences that beg a backward search for meaning. So let’s recap: within the past three weeks, Silicon Valley VCs invested in a presumably tech-enabled home care agency, Apple and IBM coughed up 5 million iPads for Japanese seniors (to “tackle aging”), and the US Senate held a hearing on the benefits of technology for those aging at home. Some might see these three disparate events, when viewed together, as a trend that shows how tech, big companies, and public policy are all coming together in an age-related trifecta of tech transformation. Whew! >>> Read more . . .

Amazon Echo Five Months In

Writer asserts that this voice-enabled device is more useful than first thought.

05/12/2015

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
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