Why some older people are rejecting digital technologies

Fear of making mistakes and wider concerns about their social responsibility are among reasons why older people are rejecting digital technologies, a new study reveals.

Despite increasing numbers of older adults accessing the Internet, and many recent retirees having used computers during their careers, the digital divide between older adults and younger people still exists. Older adults use significantly fewer digital applications and spend less time online than younger adults.

Following interviews with older adults, researchers from Lancaster University have discovered that resistance to using digital technologies is not primarily rooted in accessibility issues, as widely believed.


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How This Tiny Health Startup Wants to Improve the Lives of 5.5 Million Dementia Patients

Southern California startup Ceresti Health is using technology to relieve the stress associated with in-home care of Alzheimer's and dementia patients.

Within the elder care market, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia are a problem squared. The vast majority of the 5.5 million Americans suffering from dementia are over 65. And since most live at home, their unpaid caretakers--typically spouses--often are aging as well, their health eroded by long hours and stress. With the number of dementia cases expected to triple by 2050, the demand to improve the lives and health of both patients and their loved ones is immense.

Ceresti Health, a 10-employee startup based in Carlsbad, California, aims to boost caregivers' confidence and skills through digital education, monitoring tools, and human support. The business focuses on dementia patients also living with chronic conditions.


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America Is Getting Older. So Are Its Drivers

The U.S. population will exceed 400 million by 2060, according to Census Bureau projections released this week. That includes an increase in the older population that will have major implications for American transportation.

While the size of each age group is expected to grow, the teenage population will rise only 8 percent as the group over 65 nearly doubles in size, growing by 45 million and accounting for more than half the total expansion.


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Successful Aging: Factor in fall prevention outside one’s home

Here are some alarming statistics according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Osteoporosis Foundation:

• Each year one-third of Americans aged 65-plus fall.

• Every second of every day in the U.S. an older adult falls, which makes falls the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans.

• About 9,500 deaths of older Americans are associated with falls each year.

• More than half of all fatal falls involve people 75 or over. Among those age 65 to 69, one out of every 200 falls results in a hip fracture

• In 2014 older Americans experienced 29 million falls causing seven million injuries and costing an estimated $31 billion in annual Medicare costs.

Fall prevention is the challenge. The point is to diminish the accident opportunities. Here are some ways to avoid them particularly outside one’s residence.


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New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone

Nancy Delano, 80, of Denver has no plans to slow down anytime soon. She still drives to movies, plays and dinners out with friends. A retired elder care nurse who lives alone, she also knows that “when you reach a certain age, emergencies can happen fast.” So, when her son, Tom Rogers, talked to her about installing a remote monitoring system, she didn’t hesitate.

With motion sensors placed throughout the house, Rogers can see if his mom is moving around, if she’s sleeping (or not), if she forgot to lock the door and, based on a sophisticated algorithm that detects behavioral patterns, whether her activity level or eating habits have changed significantly, for instance.

“It gives both of us peace of mind, particularly as she ages and wants to live at home,” said Rogers, who lives hundreds of miles away from her.


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5 tech gadgets under $100 that can help you achieve your fitness goals

Anyone who's ever tried getting into better shape has probably struggled at some point in the process with figuring out the right tools to help them strengthen their core or improve muscle tone in their arms.

Insider Picks recently put together a list of affordable workout equipment, but we'd also like to highlight some great tech that can get you well on your way to achieving your fitness goals.


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Occupational Therapy Program Receives $100,000 Award from UAMS Chancellor's Circle

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has awarded a $100,000 Chancellor's Circle Grant Award to the occupational therapy doctoral program that is being jointly developed by the UAMS College of Health Professions and the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Sherry Muir, program director of the occupational therapy program, and Susan Long, interim dean of the UAMS College of Health Professions, accepted the $100,000 award, which is the largest grant to date for a recipient of a Chancellor's Circle award.


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How to Curb the High Cost of Caregiving

Caregiving is often so easy at the start, you don’t even think of it as caregiving. It’s a few days off from work to accompany Dad for medical tests, or a couple of hundred dollars a month for someone to check in on Auntie, or a few extra flights home to help your parents move into a senior community. It seems manageable—until it isn’t. Short-term fixes can stretch into years, upending lives, taking family dysfunction to new levels, and blowing up otherwise solid retirement plans.

Caregiving poses a challenge even to professionals like Amy Goyer, AARP’s caregiving expert.


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Tech Gadgets and Older Adults: What Helps, What Doesn't

Specialized gadgets–and accessibility features on smartphones–can enhance a senior's quality of life

New technologies, even successful ones, often seem more like toys than tools—for most of us, telling a smart speaker to turn on the lights is fun but not really life-changing. But digital advances can make a big difference to older adults, making it easier for them to maintain social contacts, monitor their health, and preserve their independence.

Experts in aging say that caregivers sometimes hesitate to introduce new devices to seniors, assuming they’ll resist learning how to use them. But it’s often untrue.


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IoT for The Aging: You're Never Too Old To Innovate

In the digital era of smarter cities and smarter homes, one of the biggest potential markets for IoT solutions is enabling aging people to remain independent, staying at home, and enjoying their lives without having to rely on their children, caregivers and expensive assisted living options.

Families spend more to care for older adults than they do raising children for the 17 years of life, according to Forbes. And as the “baby boomer” population grows, and people live longer thanks to advances in healthcare and healthier living, we’re at the threshold of increasing demands for extended care that can outlive a family’s ability to pay. Can IoT technologies help?

Many companies believe so.

New technology is not just for the next generation, but for every generation.


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