Introducing Seniors to Aging in Place Technology

Your 85-year-old mother is the early stages of dementia, has painful arthritis that makes walking difficult and has cataracts that give her blurry vision. She won't move to an assisted living community because she wants to stay home and age in place. But you fear it's only a matter of time before she gets hurt. You want to honor her desire to stay home, but you also want her to be safe. How do you find an acceptable compromise?

Technology may be able to help.


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Healthcare Technology For Seniors: A New Model Offers Control, Independence And Dignity

More than 40 million older Americans now have the ability to age gracefully at home thanks to the benefits of subscription-based healthcare technology for seniors launched by Virtual Health. Virtual Health is a service provider that delivers a suite of home-based services and lifestyle choices to consumers, going beyond traditional healthcare to also include meals, transportation and financial solutions. In collaboration with leading technology and healthcare providers, this new model of care offers personalized tools and services for seniors to remain independent at home, while offering peace of mind for their loved ones. Virtual Health has launched in New York to start, with a nationwide rollout by the end of the year.

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Aging in Place: Facilitating Choice and Independence

A combination of demographic and economic shifts is creating a large and growing need for affordable and age-appropriate housing opportunities.

Most seniors would prefer to age in place; home modifications are critical to this process, but the costs can be prohibitive.

Many organizations are using housing as a platform to provide supportive services that adapt to the needs of seniors, allowing them to remain at home and continue to engage with their communities.

In the coming decades, increasing life expectancy, a declining birth rate, and the aging of the baby boom generation will dramatically increase the number and proportion of the U.S. population over the age of 65. This aging of the population presents a number of challenges and unanswered questions, including where people will live and how they will obtain the support and care they will need as they age while retaining as much independence as possible.

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What is "Aging in Place"

We are using the term "aging in place" in reference to living where you have lived for many years, or to living in a non-healthcare environment, and using products, services and conveniences to enable you to not have to move as circumstances change. More recently "Aging in place" is a term used in marketing by those in the rapidly evolving senior housing industry. CCRCs, (Continuing Care Retirement Communities), by definition offer the chance to age in place, but first you must move to their community to "start aging". Multi-level campuses market "Independent Living", "Assisted Living" and perhaps Alzheimer's care and Skilled Nursing in one location, and claim to offer the opportunity to "age in place." But again you must move there first. In many cases you must also move from one wing of the campus to another to receive the increased services.

Here we address issues and needs related to "aging in place", without first relocating.

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America's Rural Elderly Face Barriers to Health Care

Elderly Americans who live in rural areas are at increased risk for health problems and death because of poor access to health care, a new study finds.

"It's been known for some time that health care is harder to access in rural areas, and this [study] helps us better understand the extent of the problem," study leader Leah Goeres, of Oregon State University, said in a university news release.

The researchers looked at 296 adults aged 85 and older living in rural and urban areas of Oregon. They found that rural residents had much higher levels of chronic disease, took more medications (average of 5.5 versus 3.7) and had a shorter median survival time (3.5 years vs. 7 years

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How coordinated care gives patients the freedom to stay at home

As America’s population ages, more families will be faced with rising health care needs. As we reported in November, nearly 79 percent of adults who need long-term care live at home or in community settings, not in an institution. And in January, Medicare started paying primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors — those with multiple chronic illnesses — even if they don’t have a face-to-face exam. The goal is to help patients stay healthier between doctor visits, and avoid pricey hospitals and nursing homes.

So how does coordinated caregiving work? Meet three older Americans with chronic illnesses who are benefitting from coordinated caregivers in their homes.

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Village Concept Promotes Aging in Place

The baby boomer generation seeks retirement options to enhance their lifestyle choices. For many, it is highly desirable to retire in the home where they have resided for decades. Equally important, many wish to remain part of an intergenerational environment while living active, independent, and social lives in a familiar neighborhood. Within the past few years, villages have emerged within communities around the country, attempting to meet these needs. This article describes the purpose, function, and structure of such villages, reviews the structure of organizations that operate villages, and outlines reasons supporters believe the village living concept is a successful form of retirement.

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How virtual reality is helping aged care residents connect

Sitting in her room at a Red Cliffs aged care facility, Dorothy Vale carefully takes off her glasses, and puts on a pair of goggles. The 86 year old is looking forward to a visit to Hawaii, flying over volcanoes and the ocean in a helicopter.

Posted by editor on Wed, 09 Dec 2015 12:12 | Permalink

How to redesign Hong Kong for its growing elderly population

With the city's median age on the rise, a Hong Kong Jockey Club-backed institute has launched a project to make the city more liveable for the growing ranks of old people.

At the Toyoshikidai housing estate in Kashiwa, a city 30km from Tokyo, the old apartment complex built in the 1960s – ageing both in physical structure and residents – is being replaced with barrier-free 10- to 14-storey apartment houses designed to make life easy for single people living alone.

Redesigning Kashiwa to be more elderly-friendly is a project led by the University of Tokyo’s Institute of Gerontology that began in 2009 in response to the shifting needs created by population ageing. It’s something Hong Kong needs too, says Professor Jean Woo, director of the Chinese University’s Jockey Club Institute of Ageing.

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Older Driver Safety Awareness Week Seeks to Empower Seniors

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, which begins today, encourages families to have conversations about aging and driving before something serious happens or before mobility becomes an issue for older family members.

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