High-Tech Aging Products: Family Caregivers Aren’t Sold Yet

Caring.com is headquartered in Silicon Valley, so we have a lot of technology enthusiasts around us. As yesterday’s hotshot tech entrepreneurs become today’s caregivers to their elderly parents, they often want to use their expertise to found companies creating high-tech products to help people overcome challenges associated with aging and infirmity.

As best I can tell, though, caregivers aren’t buying it.

Here’s why this leaves us scratching our heads. When we asked people in our Caregiver Journey survey last year “What are your caregiving challenges?”, here’s what they said…..


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Decoding HHS Secretary Price’s spin on the American Health Care Act

“The fact of the matter is that Medicaid spending under the proposal and under the budget goes up every single year.”

“We have got 20 million folks out there across this land who have told the federal government, ‘Phooey, nonsense. I’m not going to participate in your program because it doesn’t do what I need done.’ So, they are paying a penalty.”

— Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,”


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National Arthritis Awareness Month: Family Caregivers Key to Helping Those Living with Arthritis

This month, America observes Arthritis Awareness Month – a month dedicated to sharing experiences and letting others see and hear about the disease and its impacts. To join in the discussion, Home Instead Senior Care – the world's leading provider of in-home care services for seniors – is offering tips to family caregivers of those living with the disease.


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Help your dog navigate his golden years

Aging is inevitable. Our furry friends transition from puppyhood to old age in what seems like a blink of an eye. Although we can’t slow the aging process, we can do a lot to help our aging canines navigate the golden years.

“The geriatric stage is about the last 10 percent of a dog’s life, which is really about the last year,” according to Mary Gardner, a veterinarian and co-founder of Lap of Love, a nationwide practice devoted to veterinary hospice and in-home euthanasia.


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How to Talk So Your Doctor Will Listen

Learn these tips before your next appointment

If you've ever felt like your doctor isn't listening to you, it may be true. Studies have found that doctors let patients speak for only 23 seconds on average before cutting them off; in one University of South Carolina study, primary care patients were interrupted just 12 seconds after the physician entered the exam room.

When there's less doctor-patient dialogue, patients are not only more likely to leave the office frustrated, but they're also at greater risk of being misdiagnosed. Want to make up for the time crunch? Try these strategies to maximize your office visit and talk so your doctor will listen.


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Specialist care for elderly and frail set to open

Specialist wards designed to care for frail elderly people are being set up by the district’s NHS trust. Health bosses hope to reduce the numbers of elderly people stuck in hospital beds waiting to be discharged with the opening of the new frailty units.

A 41-bed unit is expected to open at Pinderfields Hospital over the summer as part of the scheme by Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. Dewsbury and District Hospital will get a 20-bed frailty unit at around the same time. They are being set up to provide faster care for elderly people and avoid them being admitted to hospital.


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Safely Aging in Place in Rural America

Be strategic to address health challenges associated with growing old in sparsely populated places.

There are health challenges associated with aging in place in a rural community, including limited access to a range of health care services. And yet, as America grays, many older adults are choosing to age in place where they grew up – or in places they have since come to call home – outside of major cities, in the broad patchwork of rural, wide open spaces that stitch the country together from sea to shining sea. But to tackle challenges and ensure older adults receive the care they need while living in more remote places, additional foresight and coordination is required, experts say.


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High tech tool helps people and families coping with dementia

The Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging has launched a new program that allows early-stage dementia patients to participate in their own care planning, potentially easing the burden for both the person with dementia and their concerned family members.   

 Known as SHARE, the program outlines a care plan for loved ones to follow as the condition progresses. Based on two decades of research by Benjamin Rose, the SHARE toolkit includes an iPad app which lists tasks in a set of color-coded circular diagrams.  Under the guidance of SHARE counselors, duties can then be assigned to caregivers, whether they're family, friends or professional service providers.


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The disabled and the elderly are facing a big problem: Not enough aides

Acute shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants are cropping up across the country, threatening care for people with serious disabilities and vulnerable older adults.

The emerging crisis is driven by low wages — around $10 an hour, mostly funded by state Medicaid programs — and a shrinking pool of workers willing to perform this physically and emotionally demanding work: helping people get into and out of bed, go to the bathroom, shower, eat and participate in routine activities, often while dealing with challenging behaviors.

Experts warn that this labor problem portends even worse difficulties as America’s senior population swells to 88 million people in 2050, up from 48 million today, and requires more assistance with chronic health conditions and disabilities.


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At Home, Many Seniors Are Imprisoned by Their Independence

What she mourns most, says Solange DeLaPaz, are the mundane pleasures and rituals of her once-active life. A weekly manicure at the corner nail salon. Saturday excursions to Macy’s shoe department.

“I miss going to Sunday brunch on Second Avenue with my friends,” she said. “I miss going to church.”

Though only 67, Ms. DeLaPaz retired early with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and now struggles to leave her Manhattan apartment. She needs constant oxygen, and carrying even a portable oxygen unit troubles her breathing.

Climbing or descending the few steps from the elevators into her building’s lobby presents another obstacle. “I wouldn’t dare do that on my own,” she said.


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