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Analysis & Exploration: Basics of Life

Gerontech Products We Wish Existed

Here are some high-impact, gerontechnology product concepts that do not yet exist as commercially available products — although the technology to enable them already largely exists. Our hope for products like these: to significantly postpone the time at which frailty and functional disability get in the way of "living life".

 

 

Sensors, Dementia, Safety: Real World Experiences

Using a handful of simple, non-intrusive sensors, retired engineer Bob Glicksman has been able to learn all sorts of important things about the daily routine of an elderly person, who has cognitive impairment, and for whom he cares. He has been able to make multiple successful interventions to stave off what might have otherwise been serious adverse events. In fact, this simple sensor setup has worked better than he expected, and he shares his experiences, as an example of a real world use case in which a small addition of technology can accomplish a lot.

 

 

Cohousing: The Power of Community

Cohousing: The power of community. Thoughts from a cohousing pioneer.

 

 

Retirement Living Options

When it comes to retirement living options, the question of whether to stay at home or to move often looms large. Here are the things to consider so you make the right decision.

 

 

Caring for & Dealing with Elderly Parents: The Books

In a previous article I did a little research to find the 10 "best selling" books on the topic of Aging Parents (on Amazon). I have now waded through them all, and in this article I summarize my impressions of the different books, in the hope that you can leverage my work so you need only focus on the ones that seem most useful for you.

 

 

Best Books on Aging Parents

Over the last 18 months I have talked with literally hundreds of people who have realized they now have an extra "job" that they were not expecting: engaging one way or another in looking out for an aging parent. Many of them wanted a "guide" to Caring for Aging Parents, and asked for recommendations. Sure enough, there are a number of books on aging parents on Amazon. I decided I wanted to find the most popular, and then read them and see whether I could identify a handful of them to recommend next time someone asks for a Guide to Aging Parents. This article is the first installment in my journey and focuses on which are the top selling books in this category (presumably the ones others have found most relevant).

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Basics of Life

Idea / Challenge

Hi there! I want to start off by saying that if it wasn't for this community and the instructions on how to use the Amazon Echo and set up the device for a person without a smartphone, my family and I wouldn't have been able to interact with my father this past year while he was in skilled care... ....... Read more

Better Bra for Older Women

Our Longevity Explorers have been engaged in a brainstorming session about bra's for older adults — ignited by a challenge from explorer Marly. .........Read more

Better Bra for Older Women

Our Longevity Explorers have been engaged in a brainstorming session about bra's for older adults — ignited by a challenge from explorer Marly. .........Read more

Better Bra for Older Women

Our Longevity Explorers have been engaged in a brainstorming session about bra's for older adults — ignited by a challenge from explorer Marly. .........Read more

How to Know When to Stop Driving: AAA Talk

How to Know When to Stop Driving, John Paul, guest speaker from AAA Northeast by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

“People outlive their driving ability by eight to ten years,” said John Paul, the guest speaker from AAA Northeast.  Without alternatives, giving up driving can... .........Read more

How to Know When to Stop Driving: AAA Talk

How to Know When to Stop Driving, John Paul, guest speaker from AAA Northeast by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

“People outlive their driving ability by eight to ten years,” said John Paul, the guest speaker from AAA Northeast.  Without alternatives, giving up driving can... .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Basics of Life (shared by our Explorers)

iGPS Phoenix Watch

 
Phoenix Watch from iGPS
 

The iGPS Phoenix Watch is intended to be worn by older adults or children and - when paired with the app - to keep track of their movements, signal departure from a designated location, and provide cellular, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections where available.

 

WellBe

 
WellBe from HandsFree Health
 

WellBe from HandsFree Health is a virtual healthcare assistant, which comes in a smart speaker and, optionally, with a modern-looking, smartwatch-type medical alert.

 

HomeThrive

 
HomeThrive
 

Home Thrive is an online service provider designed to provide access to a dedicated social worker and a digital platform with advice, tools, and supportive services to help family members care for an older adult at home.

 

Bed MadeEZ

 
 

Bed MadeEZ is a set of wedges designed to raise the edge of a mattress so the linens can be changed without incurring a lifting injury. 

 

LifePod

 
LifePod
 

LifePod is a wireless system of communication and feedback intended to help designated family, friends and caregivers using voice contact and messaging between the users.

 

BoundaryCare

 
BoundaryCare
 

BoundaryCare is an iOS app intended to keep track of an Apple watch wearer's whereabouts and to display movement and location information on one or more iPhones using the app.

 

HomeEXCEPT

 
 

HomeExcept is a Canadian company producing non-intrusive monitoring solutions intended to measure mobility, medication, assists, and toileting without the use of cameras or microphones.

 

Because Incontinence Products

 
Incontinence Products
 

Because offers home delivery of specially designed incontinence products.

 

Dementia Tracker GPS Watch by TechSilver

 
Dementia GPS Tracker Watch
 

The TechSilver Dementia Tracker GPS watch is intended to provide cell phone features indoors and outdoors and an adjustable GPS 'safe zone' wander alert. .

 

 

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