EasyCare Academy Launches Digital Platform for Person-Centred Care Assessment and Appoints Executive Leadership Team

Today EasyCare Academy announced the release of Respond 4.0, the company’s new digital assessment platform and the appointment of its executive leadership team. EasyCare Academy is a social impact company focused on supporting personalized care for healthy ageing to enable people to live better as they live longer.

As the global rise in the ageing population creates stress on families, communities, healthcare systems and governments, better management of activities of daily living through compassionate care and improved understanding of the biopsychosocial and environmental needs that accompany ageing can help alleviate those stresses by improving health, independence and well-being. EasyCare Academy’s social mission is focused on meeting these needs.


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Senior Advocate: Must have gadgets for seniors

Generally speaking, seniors are not early adopters of technical gadgets. Many older folks are using email, Facebooking with the grandkids or web-surfing on their Smartphone, but the “why bother” mindset is all too common. Resisting growth and change has been shown to isolate seniors and stymie cognitive expansion — all at a time when seniors should be actively trying to learn new things and create stronger social networks. Some tech advances can create positive changes in a senior’s life – so much so that you may want to put one or more on your Christmas wish list!


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US retirement village operator waives fees for victims of California wildfires

Sunshine Retirement Living will waive the one-time fees of between US$1,000 and $3,000 for new and temporary residents at four of its communities in California.

The offer is open for new residents whose homes have been damaged or destroyed in the recent fires, which have led to the evacuation of over 20,000 people, with thousands of homes burnt down.

The operator also says it’s open to accommodating other displaced people.


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Getting Wiser About Being Older

The fastest growing age demographic in the world is people 60 and older, with the number of senior citizens expected to more than double by 2050, to 2.1 billion. According to the United Nations, “population aging is poised to become one of the most significant social transformations of the 21st century.”

Researchers at Tufts are working to help make that transformation a vibrant one. Since 2015, the Healthy and Active Aging at Tufts initiative (HA2T) has identified more than 200 researchers from across the university who are involved in projects that focus on seniors.


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Billings man helps boost home security and efficiency with high-tech gadgets

You're driving to work and wonder, “Did I close the garage door?”

Or you climb into bed at night, but remember you didn’t lock the doors. Or maybe you hear a noise outside your home in the middle of the night and you fear an intruder is breaking in.

That last scenario happened to Robert Casares a few years ago in the Billings home he owned at the time.

“I heard a loud bump at the back door,” said Casares, owner of Halo-Tek, a business that deals with home automation and security. “I jumped out of bed and ran downstairs.”

He peered through the vertical blinds by his back door and saw a man staring back at him. Casares opened the door and chased after the suspect, until Casares realized he was wearing only his boxer shorts and gave up the chase.

His wife called 911 and police responded and caught the man. Casares identified the intruder, who, he found out, had attempted to break into other nearby homes.

Not long after, Casares, who travels the country in his role as a consultant to banks regarding financial crime risk management, had an alarm system installed in the home that he shared with his wife and two daughters.


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Children are in jeopardy without essential health insurance program

To most families, protecting the health and well-being of their children is a top priority. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Congress right now.

Late last month, lawmakers in the House and Senate missed an important deadline to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) when Republicans in the Senate decided to focus on yet another failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act instead of bipartisan efforts to reauthorize CHIP by the Sept. 30 deadline.

In so doing, these lawmakers put in jeopardy health care for the nearly 9 million children who depend upon CHIP, including 30 percent of children in Missouri. Thanks to Medicaid and CHIP, there are more insured children now than ever before in our country’s history: More than 95 percent of kids have coverage today. But political bickering in Congress could wipe out that progress and leave children in need with few options.


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Future technology trends for the home

In the CEDIA Technology Council’s view, one core area of interest is sensors everywhere. So what does that mean and how will that impact the home integration business? Well, it’s all about the increasing number of sensors, both on our person and all around us, in the built environment. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), the modern home is seeing an exponential increase — from video sensing and the new science of audio analytics, to sensors embedded in fabric that measure our bio data and further to simple sensors that monitor temperature, water leaks, and occupancy. This breadth of sensing devices will lead to a world where, ultimately, the best user interface will be no user interface.


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