In-Depth: News and views from CES 2018

Big brands talk healthcare consumerization

Unsurprisingly, several of the conference’s participants were eager to talk about the impact consumerization has had on the industry. For certain companies, like Johnson & Johnson, that means creating health products and services that aren’t just useful, but also easy to stomach.

http://www.mobihealthnews.com/content/depth-news-and-views-ces-2018

Posted by editor on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:01 | Permalink

Throwback Low-Tech Ways to Help You Stay Present

Everyone loves their iPhone X (or Google Pixel, or Galaxy Note 8, or… you get the idea). From FaceTime to Google Maps, email to podcasts, Instagram to Facebook, we use our smartphones for everything. It’s a luxury we don’t take for granted, but that doesn’t mean we don’t crave the occasional digital detox to re-center ourselves in the present. Yep, sometimes we want to get back to the old-school basics and not feel so dependent on a single device. Below, we’re sharing seven of our favorite ways to stay connected and consume content — just with a lo-fi twist.

https://www.brit.co/low-tech-gadgets/

Posted by editor on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:01 | Permalink

Few senior drivers pursue simple vehicle modifications to make driving easier

Something as simple as a seat cushion can help make driving safer and easier for older motorists. But recent research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that few seniors pursue these types of vehicle modifications.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is running a long term in-depth study called LongROAD, for Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers. A total of 2,990 drivers between the ages of 65 and 79 are taking part.

Of this group, only 8.96 percent said they have made at least one aftermarket vehicle modification intended to assist with their driving. Driver seat cushions, which can easily be added to alleviate back or hip pain and improve line of sight, were the most popular, utilized by 44.8 percent of study participants who made a modification. Convex or multifaceted mirrors, which help to improve visibility and minimize blind spots, were used by 38.8 percent of study participants who modified their vehicle.

http://www.theday.com/article/20180120/BIZ09/180129988

Posted by editor on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:01 | Permalink

A senior moment: Falls: An ounce of prevention ...

Every 11 seconds an older person in the U.S. makes a trip to the emergency room for injuries — frequently head injuries and broken bones — sustained in a fall. Every 20 minutes an older adult dies from those injuries.

In addition to being the major cause of nonfatal and fatal injuries among seniors, falling frequently contributes to the loss of older adults’ independence. Our own experiences put a human face on these statistics when those who fall are friends, neighbors or ourselves.

http://www.chicoer.com/seniors/20180119/a-senior-moment-falls-an-ounce-of-prevention

Posted by editor on Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:01 | Permalink

Tech for the elderly is a growing area, but founders should think more about whether their gadget will be used

Some of these seem like wishful thinking

Health gadgets aren’t just for the young. The elderly population is a growing business opportunity, and the category of “aging tech” now includes everything from smart hearing aids to connected toolkits for relatives with dementia. It’s an important area with plenty of problems to solve, but some of the biggest problems with caretaking are social, and the highest-tech gadget won’t do a thing if your grandmother refuses to use it.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/10/16863370/health-technology-aging-elderly-fall-prevention-dementia-hearing-aids-ces-2018

Posted by editor on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:01 | Permalink

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

The U.S. isn't getting any younger, and businesses, lawmakers and citizens are adapting to stay ahead of the curve.

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 ike in the 21st century.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2017-10-11/aging-in-america-how-states-are-grappling-with-a-growing-elderly-population

Posted by editor on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:01 | Permalink

The U.S. isn't getting any younger, and businesses, lawmakers and citizens are adapting to stay ahead of the curve.

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 ike in the 21st century.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2017-10-11/aging-in-america-how-states-are-grappling-with-a-growing-elderly-populationARLYN ANDERSON GRASPED her father’s hand and presented him with the choice. “A nursing home would be safer, Dad,” she told him, relaying the doctors’ advice. “It’s risky to live here alone—”

“No way,” Jim interjected. He frowned at his daughter, his brow furrowed under a lop of white hair. At 91, he wanted to remain in the woodsy Minnesota cottage he and his wife had built on the shore of Lake Minnetonka, where she had died in his arms just a year before. His pontoon—which he insisted he could still navigate just fine—bobbed out front……

https://www.wired.com/story/digital-puppy-seniors-nursing-homes/

Posted by editor on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:01 | Permalink

Aging In Place – What does Aging In Place really mean?

Aging in place refers to a person in their golden years when they can live in the residence of their preference and are still able to access the things they require and used to in their daily life.

Some people may confuse the issue by thinking that aging in place will fix the things that they may have or problems that may arise. Aging in place can only address those problems that have already been planned for in the person’s life. Aging in place challenges refers to the health, social and emotional needs an elderly person may need and such needs that can be addressed to help them maintain a well rounded life, in the residence of their choice.

https://www.seniorliving.org/lifestyles/aging-in-place/

Posted by editor on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:01 | Permalink

'Aging in place' tech helps seniors live in their home longer

It goes by different names — “independent living,” "non-assisted living,” or the preferred “aging in place” – but these phrases mean the same thing: growing older without having to move to a healthcare environment.

In fact, nearly 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Even if they begin to need day-to-day assistance or ongoing health care during retirement, most (82%) would prefer to stay in their own homes.

Today, high-tech monitoring systems and other gadgets are helping seniors age in place independently, while giving family members peace of mind in the process. What’s more, home-based tech tools could be far less expensive than moving into an assisted living environment.

The following is a look at some of the main “aging in place” tech categories, and an example of a service for each.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/saltzman/2017/06/24/aging-place-tech-helps-seniors-live-their-home-longer/103113570/

Posted by editor on Sun, 14 Jan 2018 13:01 | Permalink

How Five Star Sells Rehab Patients on Senior Living

Conventional wisdom says that the progression of an older adult’s journey through the senior housing system usually begins at an independent living community, followed by moves to assisted living and skilled nursing as needs increase.

But for some, the pathway into senior housing—such as an assisted living or independent living community—begins in skilled nursing, creating a reverse referral system of sorts for providers.

These types of referrals are compelling some senior living providers, including industry giant Five Star Senior Living (Nasdaq: FVE), to maintain their skilled care offerings even in the face of industry challenges. And to maximize referrals—whether from a company’s own rehab population or from outside SNFs—senior living sales teams also need to develop specific playbooks.

https://seniorhousingnews.com/2017/12/10/five-star-sells-rehab-patients-senior-living/

Posted by editor on Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:01 | Permalink

 
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