Why Long-Term Care Needs Tech Innovation, Too

By 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 or older; but is technology in the long-term care industry keeping pace with growing demand?

While discussions about technology’s role in the long-term and post-acute care space are gaining momentum, many organizations providing that care admit that they’re not prepared to use innovative tools as part of a value-based strategy, according to a report published last fall by Black Book Research.

Just 3 percent of inpatient long-term care providers surveyed say they deploy data analytics technology with a goal of cutting unnecessary hospital readmissions and lowering care costs.


Posted by editor on Tue, 15 May 2018 09:05 | Permalink

Smart home event demonstrates next-gen technology to help seniors age in place

Move over, millennials, and let your grandparents show you what smart homes are all about.

Older adults are now using the latest in next-gen technology to vacuum their homes, generate shopping lists based on items in their trash cans or take virtual vacations to their favorite destinations.

These and other digital devices were featured at the “Connected Independence” Senior Smart Home event in Lake Forest on Thursday, April 19. Sponsored by Cox Communications in partnership with businesses and senior living experts, the event showcased the latest in digital living that provides seniors with the ability to age in place safely and independently in their own homes.


Posted by editor on Tue, 15 May 2018 09:05 | Permalink

How to Be a Caregiver While Caring for Your Own Career

By the time most academics find a tenure-track job (if we find one), we are in our early 30s. As luck would have it, that’s also the age when many of us start dealing with aging or infirm parents and other elderly relatives. The timing couldn’t be worse, coming just as our careers are getting started.

Of course a health emergency can strike a relative at any age, and the larger problem for many academics is that we are often the go-to family member in a medical crisis. After all, we’re the ones with the "flexible" schedule, right? We come and go as we please, and our time is our own?


Posted by editor on Tue, 15 May 2018 09:05 | Permalink

Finding the right in-home service for you

According to the Institute on Aging, almost 12 million older adults in the U.S. live alone, and most want to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. Support of friends, family and community services can help individuals remain safely in their homes, but it can often be difficult to know what services are needed and how to find them. In-home services aim to make it possible for individuals to remain safely in their home after an illness or injury, or when it becomes more difficult to manage day to day activities.


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Chinese Company Acquires 5% Stake in Brookdale Senior Living

A Chinese international conglomerate and investment company has joined a small group of shareholders that own a 5% or greater stake in Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD).

Shanghai, China-based Fosun International Limited recently reported a 5.11% stake in the Brentwood, Tennessee-based senior housing giant, joining six other companies—Glenview Capital Management, The Vanguard Group, BlackRock Inc., Senator Investment Group LP, Invesco Ltd. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc.—that each owned at least 5% of Brookdale as of August 1, 2017.

There remains an “intense appetite” among Chinese capital providers for U.S. senior housing assets, John Stasinos, managing director-healthcare at private equity firm Cindat Capital Management, recently said. Cindat was founded to guide and safeguard Chinese capital in foreign investments, as well as to advise and help manage foreign capital with respect to their investments in China.


Posted by editor on Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:04 | Permalink

Aging in America: Land of the Free, Home of the Gray

Getting old isn't what it used to be.

At least, that's what Bob Lowry has found in recent years as he's blazed a trail through what many would consider to be an early retirement. In 2001, at the age of 52, Lowry stepped away from his job running a management consulting company for radio stations. His wife, Betty, left her teaching job not long after, and the two began to figure out exactly what to do with the rest of their lives.

But retirement – and, more broadly, getting older – hasn't played out exactly as Lowry expected. In fact, through his effort to spread awareness about aging and retirement through his blog, A Satisfying Retirement, Lowry's found there's a lot of confusion out there as to what getting older actually looks like in the 21st century.


Posted by editor on Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:04 | Permalink

Cox shows how technology can boost seniors’ quality of life

Cox Communications demonstrated more than 50 technologies and services that will help aging adults stay in their own homes, while staying connected to their doctors, caregivers, family and friends. The event was hosted at P.B. Bell’s brand-new luxury apartments, The Curve at Melrose, located in the vibrant Central Phoenix area, which is attracting millennials, young professionals and empty nesters looking to relocate closer to arts, restaurants and public transportation.

“We were more than happy to partner with Cox Communications and host their Cox Smart Home tech at our newest luxury apartments,” said R. Chapin Bell, CEO of of P.B. Bell. “Smart home technology is now becoming an asset to residents of all ages.”


Posted by editor on Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:04 | Permalink

Can You Hear Me Now? Senate Bill On Hearing Aids May Make The Answer ‘Yes’

Last December, Deb Wiese bought hearing aids for her parents, one for each of them. She ordered them online from a big-box retailer and paid $719 for the pair. But her parents, in their 80s and retired from farming in central Minnesota, couldn’t figure out how to adjust the volume or change the batteries. They soon set them aside.

“Technology is not only unfamiliar but unwelcome” to her parents, Wiese said. “I don’t know what the answer is for people like that.”A bill introduced by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in March could make it easier for her parents and millions like them to get assistance. It would allow Medicare to pay audiologists to teach beneficiaries how to adjust to and use their hearing aids as well as how to manage communication with other people, among other things.


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We will get old one day and it is the prayer of everybody to grow old in good health and vitality.

Medical science that specialises in the medical care and treatment of old people is called Geriatrics while that of infants and children is referred to as Paediatrics.

Elderly care or care of the aged is the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens. This broad term encompasses such services such as; assisted living, adult day care, long term care, nursing homes, hospice care [for terminally ill patients], and home care.


Posted by editor on Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:04 | Permalink

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.


Posted by editor on Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:03 | Permalink