How a robot could help your family member with dementia and aging

Senior care is going hi-tech. With an aging population, researchers and health care providers are now looking to robots to ease the symptoms of dementia and help an aging population stay where they would like – at home.

With its big eyes and soft fur, Paro is a hit with the seniors holding it. The therapeutic robot was modeled after a Canadian harp seal pup.

Although it looks like a cuddly toy, this is a robot designed to have a calming and psychological effect on those who interact with it.

Posted by editor on Thu, 28 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Police: Hidden camera video discovers case of elder abuse in Loganville

LOGANVILLE, GA (WXIA) – Police are crediting a son's hidden camera for exposing a case of elder abuse at his mother's personal care home in Loganville.

The victim's son hid a camera in her room.  She had complained she was being abused.

Police said the video the son obtained was difficult even for them to watch.

The woman lives at Personal Touch personal care home in Loganville, with four other residents.  She is 69 years old.  She is in a wheelchair.  Police say she was unable to defend herself from the aggressive treatment of her personal care worker.

Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Seniors Not as Tech-Savvy as Providers May Think

As senior living providers become more tech-enabled, it’s critical to understand what seniors think about emerging technology and how they use health and wellness capabilities from devices. From wearable monitors that track activity to sensors in assisted living rooms that can alert staff to movement, health and wellness technology is complementing the senior living industry.

But are older adults into the trend?

Not really, according to a recent technology report by Link-age Connect, a research and consultancy firm that conducts market research on the aging population 65+, and Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research business that focuses on technologies and services that enable seniors and baby boomers to remain longer in their homes.

Compared to just a few years ago, older adults are more connected. Most seniors in the survey were online and had access to the Internet, compared to 33% in 2011.

Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Think before you click - beware of phishing

Scams are something we all need to be aware of, both online and offline. And while scams may take many forms, they are all alike in their aim – to steal or cheat you out of money or information. A few common sense steps will make you very difficult to scam!

A common type of scam is known as phishing. Phishing is a fake or deceiving electronic message, such as an email or a text, that tries to elicit a response from you, such as revealing your personal or financial information to a scammer.

There are some common features in phishing emails that can make them easier to recognise. Some are more sophisticated than others, but in most cases the language is poor; they’re full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes; the logos or the branding that is supposed to represent the company they are sent from is wrong; and they often contain a too-good-to-be-true offer to entice you into opening them, for example: ‘click here to claim your refund’. In some cases, they also have a sense of urgency like ‘traffic infringement’ or ‘bill to pay’.

These emails are designed to trick consumers into clicking on embedded links, so that they disclose their personal details, like their name, address and banking details. These details are then captured and can be used illegally.

Sometimes, these links and attachments could be infected with malicious software (known as ‘malware’) which, when clicked, starts to infect your device and possibly give other people access to your information.

It pays to be a little suspicious. Think before you click and don’t become the next phishing victim.

Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Carnegie Mellon University Survey: 81% of Americans are seeking technology solutions to combat their worry about falls among elderly adults.

Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering conducted a survey on falls among the elderly, and discovered that Americans are very worried about their elderly parent falling—and that this worry leads to action. Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related trauma. It’s understandable, considering these statistics, why the College of Engineering survey found that 54% of 1,900 U.S. adults are worried about an older parent falling, and why 81% of respondents expressed an interest in new sensor technology that can anticipate and prevent falls.

Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Five technologies from Leading Age 2015 Annual Meeting in Boston

An age-friendly event in young Boston. Last week, LeadingAge returned to Boston after an absence of 23 years, now that the city has a convention center that can hold the 8500 attendees. Perhaps more remarkable, is the desire of the city to become age and dementia-friendly, as opined by the Mayor, Marty Walsh, who received a citation. For convention attendees, that needs more work. The pedestrian walk time duration near the convention center was enough time to (walk quickly) and only reach the road's median. No surprise – as the town is for the young, and this new area was likely designed by them --  Boston's median resident age is 31.7. The event exhibition hall was the expected mix of food service providers, furnishings, supplies, health-related products for the senior living industry.  There were quite a few sizable technology companies known in the CCRC/Senior Housing market, including CDW, Stanley Healthcare, Panasonic, LG CNS, Hamilton CapTel, IN2L, SimpleC, Care Innovations. Here are just five new technologies drawn from the event, with the material from the company websites:

Posted by editor on Tue, 19 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Advice on how to care for elderly parents - Chicago Tribune

I recently wrote about the financial issues involved in caring for elderly parents and how to plan for such an eventuality. I got a lot of great feedback from readers who have been there. I want to pass some of it along.

Expect higher costs

My original column cited average figures from a website called A Place For Mom: $3,360 to $5,760 per month for in-home care, and $3,823 to $6,150 per month for assisted living and nursing homes.

Many readers said that actual costs in their area are much higher. John Perham of Cheshire, Conn., wrote: "I have moved my mom from an assisted-living facility at a cost of $6,500 per month to a nursing home at a cost of $13,600 per month. I checked other nursing homes; the one she is in is same or lower in cost than other nursing homes."

Posted by editor on Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects

Autumn Senior Living, Lindell Investments Plan $24 Million Community in Fla.

Gulf Coast assisted living developer Autumn Senior Living and Lindell Investments, a Tampa-based real estate developer, have finalized plans to begin construction on a new assisted living and memory care campus in the Tampa suburb of Westchase, Florida.

Posted by editor on Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Seniors Housing Industry Searches for Breakout Silvertech Apps

If there’s a kernel of truth in every stereotype, then the idea that the elderly don’t have a fondness for technology is likely one of them, But that hasn’t stopped seniors housing operators from trying to find the right gadgets, recently dubbed “silvertech,” that will benefit their residents.

Today, when almost every person in the U.S. under the age of 65 has either a smartphone attached to their hand or a data collector around their wrist, seniors are the last demographic where technology hasn’t made a profound impact on day-to-day life. The past five years, spurred by increasingly tiny and powerful sensor device launches, have seen a number of pilot programs at various assisted living and cognitive care facilities. These monitors keep track of sleep and bathroom time, while other wearables can track gait and steadiness and other devices help with remembering to take pills or allow for face time visits with relatives.

Posted by editor on Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink

Top Tech Gadgets for the Elderly

The elderly have often been neglected by technology developers as a focus market. The stereotype is that they are technophobes, or at least slow to pick up new innovations.

However, in reality not only are the elderly very capable of using a range of complex modern technologies, they are also very often in need of devices that can ease their lives and empower them in their range of abilities. Let’s look over a few of the best examples out there.

Posted by editor on Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:04 | Permalink