Social & Family (p1):

Family, social life, belonging, love, relating to better quality life as grow older.

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Analysis & Exploration: Social & Family

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

At a conference organized by San Francisco's Institute on Aging, I ran an interactive "exploration", in which we asked attendees to vote on "Senior Apps they Like", or to submit ideas they have for "There should be an App for that... .........Read more

 

 

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

 

 

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: Social & Family

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

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
Explorer Dhiraj asks if there is a system to keep friends and family updated on one's health status. .........Read more
SRC Explorers meet a mobile communications robot and respond to what they see. .........Read more
Sequoias S.F. Explorers respond to the presence of a mobile communication robot. .........Read more
Commonwealth Club Explorers search for ways to help older adults learn to use today's tools for communication. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Social & Family (shared by our Explorers)

 
 Hasbro Joy for All companion pets
 
Hasbro Joy for All companion pets are designed to provide company to persons who may be at risk for loneliness or isolation.
 
 
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.
 
 
Meetup groups
 
Meetup is an Internet platform for like-minded people to get together for discussions, entertainment, vocational or social reasons.
 
 
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 of...
 
 
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.
 
 
Skype, video chat
 
Skype is a free app for video calling which can help people stay in touch over long distances.
 

 

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