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Seniorbility Announces Innovative Elder Care Solution

Washington, DC, October 23, 2014:  Seniorbility announces today a novel cognitive surveillance and safety program for seniors, responding to the growing need for services to enhance the overall care of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Focused on elder care, Seniorbility is a daily phone call service for seniors that tests cognitive function with a unique daily cognitive test, as well as a safety check. Trained Seniorbility representatives then deliver a scored cognitive and safety assessment report to caregivers by e-mail. The cognitive tests provide an early warning system for dementia, giving caregivers early notification of new or worsening dementia.

As the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million Americans. Forty-one percent of patients with dementia experience fall-related injuries every year. The number of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will continue to grow rapidly as the U.S. population age 65 and older continues to increase and the Baby Boom generation ages.

Through clinical experiences and personal experiences, co-founding physicians Alex Mohseni and Ali Sajadi saw the devastating effects that the disease has on seniors and their caregivers. “Our top priority is keeping seniors safe and independent. This unique service allows the ever-growing senior population to live independently, and affords them and their loved ones the peace of mind that they can continue doing so safely,” said Mohseni.

“Due to the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, there is a great need for a service that assesses both cognitive function and safety,” added Sajadi. “We are really excited to bring this simple, aging-in-place solution to potentially save lives of senior citizens with Alzheimer’s.”

Features of Seniorbility

  • Ease of use. A simple landline phone is the only requirement of this service, addressing the needs of seniors who are not as experienced with smartphones and other newer technology.
  • Unique emergency alert system. In the event of personal injury, the service does not rely on the senior to take action. After several attempts to make phone contact go unanswered, Seniorbility representatives will call the senior’s local 911 service on behalf of the senior citizen. This feature is different from many alert devices that usually require the senior to take action to call for help, which they often cannot do.

Seniorbility is currently accepting customers. For more information on how to get started, please visit www.seniorbility.com.

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Seniorbility was founded by physicians Alex Mohseni and Ali Sajadi. As physicians, they encountered senior citizens with devastating medical conditions as a result of either dementia or the lack of daily safety checks. They saw seniors who had fallen and were not checked on for days, resulting in pressure ulcers, broken hips, and sepsis. Other seniors accidentally overdosed on medications, got into car accidents, or accidentally burned themselves in the kitchen, because again, their dementia had progressed unnoticed. With these clinical experiences and their own personal experiences with family members with dementia, the two physicians decided to help solve this problem.

 

Mohseni and Sajadi realized that too many of today’s senior safety solutions rely on seniors having smart phones or Wi-Fi access. Because of their first-hand experience, they knew that the seniors most at risk for injury often had neither. They enlisted the help of Dr. Jason Brandt, a prominent Alzheimer's researcher from Johns Hopkins University, the Director of the Copper Ridge Institute, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, to help develop a cognitive surveillance and safety program that could be done with the simple use of a land line phone. With Dr. Brandt’s valued input, Mohseni and Sajadi created Seniorbility to identify early signs of cognitive decline and communicate these instances, with appropriate recommendations or resources, to caregivers for immediate action.

 

 

Thursday, October 23, 2014