Basics of Life (p4):

Activities of daily living, and where to live.

Overcome Today's Challenges. Avoid Tomorrow's.

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Analysis & Exploration: Basics of Life

Adventures of Designing a Universal Toenail Clipper

Recent Ithaca College Occupational Therapy Student Rebecca Helbraun discovers the challenge that toenail cutting poses for older adults; does some research; and invents, designs and prototypes a new solution. She shares her journey here.

 

 

Don't Fence Me In: See the Real Me

How caregivers can adapt so seniors can live a true expression of who they really are.

 

 

Joe Maxwell's Universal Design Kitchen

This article describes a piece of universal design (a kitchen) from 83 yr old designer Joe Maxwell. When you read about Joe's kitchen design below from the 1950's you can't help wondering why we don't see more Universal Design in mainstream products.

 

 

A Conversation You Haven't Had with Your Doctor...But Should

Drug company advertisements often end with the phrase “Ask your Doctor about…” followed by the newest drug being promoted. While surely they mean to ask if the new drug is right for you to start taking, I suggest a different question to ask your Doctor:

“Of all the drugs prescribed for me, which one is most important for me to take correctly?”

If you, or a person you care for, are struggling to manage a complicated drug regime, you may unknowingly be

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Fashion Design for the Functionally Challenged: An Overdue and Promising Frontier

Whether by accident, injury, amputation, disease or any other cause, functional challenges continue to cause problems with regard to dressing fashionably with minimal assistance. Born of the marriage of the occupational therapy and fashion design disciplines, not unlike Tech-enhanced Life's Freedom Wear initiative under the Longevity Collective, the MIT Open Style Lab is assembling teams to tackle problems of fitting clothing for people with limited dexterity.

 

 

So You Want to Build a Pill Dispenser? Focus on Filling!

Do you have an idea for a pill dispensing product? Good for you. You’ve seen the problem and complexity of multiple medication and you have an idea to make it better. I commend you.

At NightingaleRx we’ve learned a few things from evaluating other pill dispensers and studying the medication management landscape. Here are a few things to keep in mind that may assist in your endeavors:

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Basics of Life

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

Meals: Potential Challenges for Living at Home

San Francisco Explorers discuss how planning and preparing meals might interfere with living independently. .........Read more

I Want to Do My Own Driving Evaluation

Explorer Ron frames the question: "How does one decide whether or not to continue driving?" Should it be one's self, or someone else? .........Read more

Explorers' Field Report on Use of Toenail Clippers

Eskaton Village explorers took home an array of toenail clippers and returned with a report of their findings. .........Read more

Hoarding Behaviors Described and Discussed

Explorer Nicolas speaks about his aging mother in law, who is starting late in life to hoard plastic bags to the degree it is becoming ‘overboard’ in terms of the accumulation. .........Read more

Hand Tremor Stabilizer Reported

Explorer Arthur reports on reading an article about a glove designed to cancel hand tremors by integrating a gyroscope. .........Read more

 

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

Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers

 
Image of Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers: A Retirement and Aging Roadmap for Single and Childless Adults
 

This is a book about planning retirement for those aging alone (solo agers). One of our explorers brought it along to a meeting and recommends it.

 

CallToU Caregiver Call Button

 
Image of CallToU Wireless Caregiver Pager Smart Call System 2 SOS Call Buttons/Transmitters 2 Receivers Nurse Calling Alert Patient Help System for Home/Personal Attention Pager 500+Feet Plugin Receiver
 

CallToU is a wireless call system intended for indoor use to alert the intended helper that assistance is needed by the user.

 

Mom's New Pad

 
 

Mom's New Pad is a California Bay Area senior referral and relocation service designed to address all of the major roadblocks to downsizing and moving.

 

Caring - the App

 
caring app
 

Caring is a smartphone app designed to help organize the information that designated family and friends are likely to need when caring for a friend or family member.

 

TRiLOC SafeTracks GPS Watch

 
TRiLOC GPS locator
 

This wrist worn device detects wandering and notifies of falls.

 

The Wellbeing Monitor

 
Wellbeing Monitor
 

The Wellbeing Monitor is a smartphone app that is intended to set up a private communication tool for use by elders and selected family or friends to check in and help assure an elder's well being.

 

Vivint Smart Home

 

Vivint offers a Vivint app designed to coordinate an array of off the shelf home monitoring and security devices compatible with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant and controlled via the Vivint app.

 

Livpact

 
Livpact
 

Livpact is a connected platform using wireless devices and 'off the shelf' AI hardware intended to to organize and connect family, friends, professional support, community services and helpful resources.

 

Yepzon Personal GPS Tracker

 
Image of Yepzon One Personal GPS Tracker
 

Yepzon Personal GPS tracker is a small personal tracker for keeping track of kids and potentially older adults with cognitive impairment..

 

 

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