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Iamfine.com supports the fight to cope with COVID-19

03/18/2020

With the global spread of coronavirus, many people are being asked to help protect themselves and their communities through self-isolation. This can be an especially frightening prospect for elderly people that live alone.

Iamfine is announcing that as of today, it is waiving its fees for new customers as its way of supporting the fight to cope with the spread of the virus.

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New Technology and Services Disrupt Hearing Aid Ecosystem

Hearing aids should appeal to those with significant hearing loss.  It’s a given that hearing loss interferes with communication – which itself is a risk for social isolation – as well as fall risk and dementia.  Ironically, according to the recently published and comprehensive MarketTrak10 survey, the decision to wear them is so often delayed years – the delay resulting from excuses like “hear well enough; can’t afford; too expensive; no coverage.”  Given the associated risks and isolation from delay, it is surprising that until recently, the devices were well-matched with the excuses.  What’s changed to overcome all of these excuses?

Clocr Announces Launch of Safe and Secure Cloud Locker

06/20/2019

AUSTIN – Clocr (short for “cloud locker”) today announced the launch of its secure, cloud-based service to provide a better option for people to store and share important documents. New users of Clocr are eligible for three months of free use.

"When tragedy occurs, people need quick and easy access to wills, medical proxies, and other important documents,” said Apoorva Chintala, president and co-founder of Clocr. “Our service is different than others because of the level of security and control we provide to our users.”

Five Virtual Reality technology offerings for older adults in 2019

In 2017, it was clear that virtual reality technology had evolved beyond the point of experiments and was having a number of limited introductions into the world of older adults, including senior living environments (Rendever) as well as pain mitigation (FirstHand). Virtual reality has made its way into the 'future of healthcare delivery' consulting, as firms like Care Innovations and Deloitte publish their how-to white papers.  For 2019, here are five VR offerings that specifically note benefits for older adults. The content is drawn from the firms’ websites and/or articles about them:

2019: What Technology Matters for Older Adults

In 2018, technology utilization grew – so did frustrations.  While Internet and social media technology use has plateaued over all age ranges, Facebook still has captured only 41% of the 65+.  Pew’s data showed that smartphone ownership still has not overtaken cellphones among the 65+.   In early 2019, AARP Research published a technology survey taken in 2018 which showed ownership of smartphones growing to 65% of the 65+.  However, that same survey revealed low trust in online safety, and generally low trust in institutions to keep their personal data safe, a justified worry, given the number of data breaches that occurred during 2018.

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