Repurposing old gadgets is the newest trend in technology

There is one obvious downside to our fascination with gadgets—obsolescence.

Just when we start to get used to our new purchases, be it a smartphone, tablet, laptop or television, it seems there is a better one around the corner. To make matters worse, you might even find a newer and shinier tech toy that costs even less than the one you just bought.

Here are some uses for your old tech products that you can consider before you ditch them:

Posted by editor on Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:06 | Permalink

Falls Projected to Cost Nearly $60 Billion by 2020

Falls among seniors—most of which occur in the home—are projected to kill thousands more older adults and cost tens of billions of dollars by the year 2020.

That’s according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) titled “Overcoming Obstacles to Policies for Preventing Falls by the Elderly,” which aims to bring awareness to senior fall prevention efforts and coordinated care policies and programs throughout the U.S.

Healthy Housing Solutions, an Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) contractor, developed the report based on a review of literature and feedback from industry experts relating to senior falls.

Posted by editor on Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:06 | Permalink

Older people trust smart gadgets less than kids, survey says

It might seem obvious, but new data from Safehome offers a fascinating look at the different ways different generations balance privacy, security and convenience.

The older you are, the less likely you are to trust technology -- particularly smart home gadgets in our personal living spaces, according to a new study from an organization called SafeHome.

That might not seem like the most shocking finding, but the data in the survey offers a fascinating glimpse into how different generations balance the convenience of today's gadgets against the privacy concerns they might also raise.

The data shows a clear generation shift that seems to start around age 45, when respondents began scoring various smart gadget categories as markedly "more bothersome" than younger respondents. Also interesting: smart thermostats scored pretty well across the board, perhaps due to longstanding familiarity with the benefits of programmable heating and AC controls.

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'Aging in place' tech helps seniors live in their home longer

It goes by different names — “independent living,” "non-assisted living,” or the preferred “aging in place” – but these phrases mean the same thing: growing older without having to move to a healthcare environment.

In fact, nearly 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most (82%) would prefer to stay in their own homes.

Today, high-tech monitoring systems and other gadgets are helping seniors age in place independently, while giving family members peace of mind in the process. What’s more, home-based tech tools could be far less expensive than moving into an assisted living environment.

The following is a look at some of the main “aging in place” tech categories, and an example of a service for each.

Posted by editor on Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:06 | Permalink

A little exercise goes a long way, especially in seniors

The word exercise often induces images of sweat and labored breathing, discouraging many people. Exercising on a regular basis helps us stay healthy and maintain our weight when combined with a balanced diet. Despite knowing this, many people go without regular exercise.

This is very apparent in the senior population, where dependent behavior is actually encouraged. Perhaps it is due to their perceived frailty. But according to new research, this perception may be doing our elderly a great disservice.

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2017 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Virtually all countries are expected to see substantial growth in the number of older persons between 2015 and 2030, and that growth will be faster in developing regions.1 Because the numbers of older persons are growing, the amount of elder abuse can be expected to grow with it. While the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.

Posted by editor on Fri, 16 Jun 2017 10:06 | Permalink

Putting In Place An A-Team Of Allies

CHICAGO — Earlier this year, 30 senior citizens convened in a living room to talk about growing older and needing more help.

Who will be my allies as I go through this process, they asked.

Many were unmarried, without children, living alone. Some had adult children living elsewhere, with demanding jobs and busy lives. Others had spouses who were ill or temperamentally unsuited to the task.

None of the seniors had talked about this issue in a public forum before the gathering here. Most weren’t sure what to do.

Millions of older adults are in a similar situation, peering into an uncertain future without knowing whom they can count on to be at their side.

Posted by editor on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:06 | Permalink

Meet a Home Contractor Who Helps Older People Age In Place

Leon Watts III stands out among his fellow gerontology students at the University of Southern California's  Davis School of Gerontology. They all look to be under 25. Watts is 66. What led up to his return to school was decades spent rehabbing homes in Los Angeles. Over that time, his clients have aged and he's seen their needs change. Watts decided he'd be able to do a lot more for them with a master's degree in gerontology.

Nearly 90 percent of Americans 65 and older say they want to stay in their current homes and communities as they age, according to the AARP. But homes don't keep up with their aging occupants. They don't keep them safe from hard to climb stairs and slippery bathtubs.

Leon Watts can take care of things like that. And since he's been working with older adults for a long time, he's wasn't shy about giving his classmates some advice on what it takes.

Posted by editor on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:06 | Permalink

GRAHAM Permezel said the eyes of his companion dog Greta “melt him”.

The chocolate labrador is part of the Dogs for Dementia program, run by HammondCare and Assistance Dogs Australia. She was placed with Graham, who has dementia, and his wife Jan as part of a trial about six months ago.

And she has brought them endless joy and healing in that time.

Graham, 80, was diagnosed with dementia about two and a half years ago. While wife Jan said the dementia was progressing slowly, Greta’s presence in their home was helping more than they both could have imagined.

“She’s been amazing. She brings us so much joy.

Posted by editor on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:06 | Permalink

Hospitalized seniors need improved physio on weekends, retired surgeon says

When an elderly patient doesn’t get up and moving immediately after a hospital procedure, “things go to hell,” says a retired Windsor surgeon who is pleading with officials to provide more physiotherapy on weekends and holidays.

“Ideally, a hospital should run seven days a week. Unfortunately on weekends, things slow down,” Dr. David Wonham said of the current situation in area hospitals, where he claims patients may miss therapy because of reduced weekend and holiday staffing.

He said a couple of years ago when he had surgery for a hip fracture, he went three days without physio over a long weekend. Fortunately, he knew the importance of becoming quickly mobile and did the exercises himself. But he fears for other older people.

Posted by editor on Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:06 | Permalink