Seniors

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

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 . . .

75+ Year Old Seniors Now Have Simple and Secure Access to Information on the Internet

02/04/2015

grandPad, is a simple and secure senior tablet computer and integrated cloud curation service designed to digitally connect seniors with family and friends. The end-to-end grandPad experience is the fastest and most cost effective way to bring seniors into the digital age so they can connect with family and friends. >>> Read more . . .

The CCRC concept is an ageist nightmare -- and it’s not just the name

Maybe you have Ann Clinton stuck in your mind too.  This woman and her husband spent $351,424 plus $4600 per month for the 'security' of having access to the continuing care of a CCRC. The 'continuing' of the CCRC was in one direction – she discovered that returning in a motorized wheelchair from the nursing home section to the independent living bingo game engendered big protest – from the other residents as well as management. You may have seen this yourself – people putting wheelchairs and walkers at a dining room door and limping in so that they could eat with friends in the 'independent living' dining room. These are well-documented -- if not well-understood -- policies. The message, perhaps constructed by CCRC marketing?  Independent living residents don’t wish to see people who are not as 'independent' -- or at least who don’t appear as independent as themselves. >>> Read more . . .

Institute for the Ages Won't Reopen

Institute for the Ages -- much build-up and a big crash.

02/05/2015

Senior Financial Abuse and Exploitation Costs Americans $36.48 Billion per Year -- TrueLink Financial

01/28/2015

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- American seniors are losing $36.48 billion every year to senior fraud, exploitation and financial abuse—more than 12 times the most widely reported previous estimate. >>> Read more . . .

2015: From Niche to Norm -- Technology for Aging in Place

What is the line between a distinct product market and tech customization?  In 2009 when the original Market Overview was published, the search began to identify the small group of entrepreneurs focused on serving seniors – from the AirGuru SV1 Video Phone and Big Screen Live all the way to WellAware and Wellcore.  Why note such a market, you might ask? All of those companies and many others had the heart and focus to try to craft something usable by and for an older adult. In many cases these were inventions compensating for a gap in care and oversight, but most often filling a gap in internet access and/or usability of devices and software. >>> Read more . . .

ClarityLife upgrades phone to communications platform

Amplified sound and enlarged keyboards, with display and sound messages, alerts and photographs.

01/09/2015

Changing Demographics Create Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

As of 2015, there will be more people alive over 65 than under 15 for the first time. And it’s going to remain that way.

12/15/2014

40 Percent of Seniors Report Having a Disability

People older than 85 accounted for more than 25 percent of all disabilities among seniors.

12/05/2014
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