Social & Family (p1):

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

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Analysis & Exploration: Social & Family

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.

 

 

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...

 

 

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...

 

 

Cohousing: The Power of Community

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

 

 

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...

 

 

Ideas for Apps for Seniors

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...

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Social & Family

The Loneliness of Old Age

Discussion of Social Isolation and Loneliness by the Longevity Explorers @ Avenidas .........Read more

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

"A Big Decision"

"A Big Decision" by Longevity Explorers: Recent @ Providence

The Providence Explorers Circle is examining housing alternatives for aging adults in the months of September and October.  We found a New York Times article to be a useful framework for that discussion.

In “A Big... .........Read more

Book Report: Age Doesn't Matter Unless You're a Cheese

Explorer Marilyn tells the group about a book she recently read which tends to view the experience of aging in a more positive light. The author, according to Marilyn, brings a message that evokes new appreciation in later life for experiences and relationships - which she believes can enrich... .........Read more

Suggestions For Helping Seniors Make Best Use of their High Tech Tools

The discussion focuses on the challenge of keeping up with ever changing operating systems on our IT devices and suggested some valuable solutions.

One member spoke anxiously of her reliance on an IT helper and wondered how people cope if they cannot afford to hire someone.

Someone... .........Read more

 

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

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.

 

Uniper

 
Uniper, social engagement
 

Uniper is an Internet connected platform intended to reduce isolation and loneliness in the elderly, whether at home or in congregate living.

 

Loop

 
Loop communication device
 

Loop is an Internet connected monitor and iOS app intended to be a communication device that allows the user to share video, photos, and video chat.

 

Toobaloo

 
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.

 

Joy for All: Companion Pets

 
 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

 
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 groups
 

Meetup is an Internet platform for like-minded people to get together for discussions, entertainment, vocational or social reasons.

 

TeleCalm

 
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.

 

 

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