Helping elderly parents (p1):

Older adults start to need help and support from their family in subtle ways, and there are all sorts of inter-personal complexities

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Analysis & Exploration: Helping elderly parents

What They Want vs What You Think They Need

I've said it before. Most of the products for older adults that we see are frankly not very good. This article is about two especially common pitfalls. I think of them as the "eat your broccoli" error, and the "I know how to market to 40 year olds" issue. .........Read more

 

 

Quickly Getting Help for a Friend in Need

"Hi, this is Lisa. I'm not sure I can take care of myself right now. Can you bring me some food?" I found that scary sounding message on my voicemail one Saturday morning. It started me on a journey to coordinate care for a close friend. I learned several things that I'll share with you... .........Read more

 

 

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... .........Read more

 

 

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... .........Read more

 

 

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... .........Read more

 

 

Elder Dignity, Autonomy and the Need for Protection from Abuse

Dignity of the elder must not be disregarded in the name of protection: whether we are dealing with the difficult issues of how to convince dad to give up the car keys, mom’s need for placement in a facility, or fear of money being improperly acquired by a scammer. The question posed is how to... .........Read more

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Helping elderly parents

The Big Age-Related Problems we Worry About

SF Village explorers take on the task of listing challenging topics facing elders in later life. .........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

Tech to help stay at home as cognition declines

How can seniors be better served by technology? Technology can help with keeping a calendar and reminders of appointments or medication times.

And what about that senior with memory issues who wanders off from time to time? How can technology help her?

There are human implantable... .........Read more

Updating Family on Health Status Changes

Explorer Dhiraj asks if there is a system to keep friends and family updated on one's health status. .........Read more

Who Decides It's Time to Stop Driving? And How?

The Explorer Circle takes on the question of driving cessation from first-hand experiences with parents and personal observation. .........Read more

Neglected in the Corner: I Don't Want That to be Me

A Tech-enhanced Life member writes in from the Internet to ask how to avoid this horrible fate. Some answers start to emerge but it needs more thought. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Helping elderly parents (shared by our Explorers)

 
toobaloo, auditory feedback device
 

Toobaloo is a tubular device designed to give auditory feedback to children (or adults having speech therapy) and to help adjust fluency.

 
 
ViewClix
 

The ViewClix Smart Frame is designed to be placed in the home of an older adult to display pictures shared from smart phones, PCs or other mobile devices. It is also intended to be used for video calls.

 
 
Telecalm, dementia care
 

TeleCalm is a service that seeks to solve the phone-based problems that tend to arise with persons who have diminished cognitive capacity. It blocks calls not from a pre-approved white list of callers.

 
 
bill pay service, fiscal concierge
 

The Fiscal Concierge is an Internet-based bill paying subscription service designed to help the elderly or their adult children, as well as to be a service to younger active adults with busy lifestyles.

 
 
Penrose Senior Check in Services
 

Penrose Senior Care Services offers non-medical staff who have been trained to assess several important aspects of an elder's living situation on behalf of a concerned party who can't do so due to distance or other considerations. The service can be monthly or more often, with a written report...

 
 
Care Management, Elder Care, Tips for Helping Your Aging Parents
 

Tips for Helping Aging Parents (without losing your mind) is a primer for adult children who are becoming immersed in caregiving and who need concise advice about how to manage the process.

 
 
 

End of life planning App: discover, share, and store your end of life preferences.

 
 
Hometeam
 

Hometeam provides in-home care service and provides a way to keep track of what is going on.

 
 
HomeHero, home services, caregiving
 

HomeHero is one of the emerging companies providing home care services by operating on a digital platform.

 

 

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