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Six New Technologies for Aging in Place
Center for Tech and Aging Builds a Mobile Health Program. “Mobile health (mHealth) technologies hold great promise for helping health care providers deliver high-quality, targeted care to aging Americans with chronic conditions. The Center for Technology and Aging (www.techandaging.org) today launched a comprehensive online mHealth Toolkit that offers key resources to organizations that want to develop a best-in-class mHealth program for chronic disease management. The mHealth Toolkit contains vetted techniques for using mHealth interventions in many health care settings for individuals with a range of chronic care needs.” Learn more at Center for Technology and Aging.
Earl™ The Voice Driven iPhone & iPad Newsreader App is free. “Angle llc, the producer of Earl™ ; has decided after the initial tests of Earl™ from our soft launch that the iPhone and iPad newsreader app will be offered as a free download for a limited time. the user is sight-impaired, commuting, or someone who just wants quality up-to-date news and information delivered to them in a non-robotic voice our goal at Angle llc with Earl™ has been to make a seamless reader application for Apple devices.” Learn more at EarlSpeech.com.
Lively introduces activity-sharing products that connect older adults and their families. "Lively brings together an in-home passive sensor technology solution and LivelyGram, a printed mailer,which form the basis of an ongoing activity-sharing connection between generations. Its hardware uses cellular technology to communicate with passive sensors placed around the home that blend into the background to learn and share an older adult’s normal daily routine, such as when medications are taken, time spent out of the house, or eating and drinking activity in the kitchen. Notifications and an at-a-glance online display easily update the user and the circle of people whom they choose to share their activities." Learn more at MyLively.com.
iPad app offers new way for tech-resistant seniors to connect with family, friends. "A new iPad app that’s free to download and use will keep technologically challenged seniors in safe, simple and easy electronic touch with their friends, children and grandkids. ConnectMyFolks delivers email, texts, photos and videos instantly to technophobes of all ages, though it’s designed to be used by people 65 and older." Learn more at ConnectMyFolks.
App savvy seniors tap BugMe! Stickies for jotting reminder notes. "Contrary to the stereotype of seniors avoiding modern technologies, many are embracing social media, smartphones, tablets and apps. With Facebook and Skype, retirees can stay in touch with family and friends from afar, and with the BugMe! Stickies app, they can jot quick reminder notes to themselves just like they’ve done for decades – but with the benefit of setting alert tones to ensure they remember everything important to maintain their healthy lifestyles." Learn more at Electricpocket.com.
Caregiver relief on the way – Smartphone app Unfrazzle to be released in May. "Unique in the caregiving market, Unfrazzle focuses on easing the mental burden of everyday caregiving. It provides unprecedented flexibility to help users remember and track their day-to-day caregiving tasks; and connectivity, with rich privacy controls, with co-caregivers to keep everyone in-sync. Unfrazzle users can invite family members and others to join their Unfrazzle network and they can assign different tasks to their co-caregivers." Learn more at Unfrazzlecare.com.
All of the above descriptions (in quotes) are from the vendors' websites.