Category: Technology

ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit

Posted by Dr. El - July 18, 2017 - McKnight's LTC News, Technology
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I found some great ideas for elders at a New York City tech show. Read about them in the article below. Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit I was at the nursing station the other day when some unusual cracking noises caused me to look up […]

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Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event

Posted by Dr. El - April 5, 2017 - Inspiration, McKnight's LTC News, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event Perhaps, like me, you’ve heard of Aging2.0 but hadn’t had the opportunity to attend one of their events. When I discovered that they were holding a pitch session a subway ride away from my […]

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Top Medical Alert Systems

Posted by Dr. El - February 22, 2017 - Technology

Readers looking for a medical alert system are likely to find this recent Reviews.com article on the subject helpful. Reviews.com reports they “spent over 100 hours talking with elder-care experts, digging into service agreements, and hand-testing the top contenders.” Click on “The Best Medical Alert Systems” below to find out more. The Best Medical Alert Systems  

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Entrepreneur tests walker as temporary senior living resident (McKnight’s SL)

Posted by Dr. El - February 8, 2017 - Senior Care, Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

As part of Brookdale Senior Living’s “Entrepreneur in Residence” program, Ken Paulus of URise Products is staying alongside residents of a senior living community and soliciting their feedback about his new stand-assist device. I give this idea two thumbs up — one for URise Products for asking actual elders about what works for them and […]

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Bicycle Riding for Residents (video)

Posted by Dr. El - September 21, 2016 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Technology, Videos

Adaptive tandem bicycles allow residents the pleasure of riding a bike and feeling the breeze through their hair. As John Brunow of All Ability Cycles puts it in the video below, an adaptive bicycle event triggers reminiscence, stimulates appetites, and reduces depression. Sounds like a win, win, win to me!

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NYTimes: Fashion’s Newest Frontier: The Disabled and the Displaced

Posted by Dr. El - July 21, 2016 - Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

In Fashion’s Newest Frontier: The Disabled and the Displaced, author Vanessa Friedman writes about clothing for people with disabilities, referred to as “healthwear.” Among the items now available are Magnaready‘s clothes with magnetic closures rather than difficult-to-manage buttons, and shirts by Care + Wear designed for people with medical ports so that they can stay comfortably dressed and […]

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NYTimes: To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them

Posted by Dr. El - October 23, 2015 - Technology

In To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them, Paula Span discusses the need to create “silvertech” based on what seniors really want, need and are able to use, rather than what younger people devise without consulting them. In my experience in nursing homes and rehabs, residents would appreciate devices that help them to […]

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Radio for Visually Impaired People

Posted by Dr. El - August 29, 2015 - Anecdotes, Technology

Mr. Johnson was in his 90s and had lost his vision many years ago. His great joy in life now was listening to the radio. When I first came to see him, he had many different types of radios in his room. There were several radio alarm clocks and complicated boom boxes with too many […]

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WHCOA: LeadingAge Summary

Posted by Dr. El - July 15, 2015 - Communication, Dementia, Inspiration, Technology, Transitions in care

I wrote about the White House Conference on Aging last October, noting that it was a “once-a-decade” national conference about the needs of our aging population.” (McKnight’s LTC News, October 2014) Below, LeadingAge summarizes the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which took place on Monday: 10 Things that Happened at the White House Conference on […]

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Telemental health: Who, what, when, where, why you should use it (McKnight’s LTC News)

Posted by Dr. El - November 4, 2013 - Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Telemental health: Who, what, when, where, why you should use it Since I now Skype regularly with my 94-year old father-in-law and his wife, the concept of telemental health doesn’t seem as futuristic to me as it used to seem. I was shocked to discover, however, […]

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