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Care Managers: What, Why, For Whom?

We have found that Care Managers can be exceptionally helpful when a sudden need to become an expert on helping aging parents is thrust upon family members. Yet many of the older adults and their families with whom we talk are unaware that this profession even exists. As part of our series on "getting expert help", we asked Kira Reginato to write this article about what Care Managers do, why you might want one, and how to find a good one.


 

 

Automatic Pill Dispensers under Evaluation

Automatic Pill Dispensers: Hands-on Evaluations

Automatic pill dispensers can help when a person has trouble adhering to their medication regimen, or when filling pill boxes with complex combinations of pills becomes a burden. Learn which products are best for various personas, life situations, and physical and cognitive conditions.


 

 

Pill Box and Pill Organizer collection

Pill Boxes, Pill Organizers: Recommendations

There are many, many pill boxes and pill organizer solutions to choose from in your local drugstore or on Amazon. Unsurprisingly, not all of them are equally good. The Longevity Explorers have strong views about what to look for in a pill box. Here are their recommendations, and a list of the "things to watch for". 


 

 

Advance Healthcare Directive Form

Advance Directive Forms, Apps, & Online Guides

Advance Healthcare Directives are a critical part of planning for end of life. In this article we dig into exactly what they are, how you use them, how you get help understanding them, and what we have learned about online resources and Apps for completing an Advance Directive Form.


 

 

End of Life Planning

End of Life Planning was the exploration of the month at several Longevity Explorer circles. Here is what we learned about end of life planning, including things like advance directives, healthcare powers of attorney, POLST forms, MOLST forms, and living wills. If you are thinking some end of life planning might be timely, either for you or for a family member, read this.


 

 

A Professional Fiduciary: What is it? Do you need one?

Wondering what a Professional Fiduciary is, when you might need one, and how you would find a good one? We asked professional fiduciary Kim Schwarcz to explain.


 

 

Designing for Older Adults: Interview with Dr Jeff Johnson

In this interview with Dr. Jeff Johnson — who with Dr. Kate Finn literally "wrote the book" on designing for older adults — Jeff discusses with Richard Caro a variety of topics relating to designing better products for older adults.


 

 

From MD to Alexa Skills Developer: My Journey

Retired physician, Dr Bob Kolock, shares his new "hobby": Alexa Skills Developer. He describes how he came to be interested in Alexa, and describes some of the 13 skills he has developed. Many of these skills are useful for older adults, and Dr. Kolock's perspective from "both sides of the stethoscope" makes them especially intriguing.


 

 

Longevity Explorer Workshop

Older Adults Online: Behavior, Trust, & Design

Our Longevity Explorers frequently comment on just how poorly they think most Apps and websites are designed — when viewed from the perspective of an older adult. So we were excited when a Silicon Valley startup enlisted our help to answer a variety of questions about how older adults really do interact online. 


 

 

Can Alexa Help Fight Loneliness and Isolation?

Perhaps it seems counterintuitive that an artificial intelligence(AI) might help combat loneliness and isolation. But as our Longevity Explorers evaluate the latest version of Alexa, paired with the Amazon Echo Show, which has an excellent video call capability, we are starting to see great potential for these products to do just that.

And while there are a variety of initiatives evaluating the potential of interactions between older adults and Alexa (Amazon's artifical intelligence) as a way to reduce loneliness, we think the communication capabilities of the Echo Show may make possible deeper human to human interactions (with friends and family for example) as well.


 

 

US Living Will Registry

 

The US Advance Care Plan Registry

The US Living Will Registry/Advance Care Plan Registry is a service accessed by a mobile app or online which is designed to store or to otherwise locate advance health directives for use by the user or by health care providers anywhere.


 

 


 

ActiveCare Bed

The ActiveCare Bed by Med-Mizer is designed to allow a limited mobility person to safely get into and out of bed, and to protect the caregiver from injury as well.


 

 

Pillo Robot

 

Pria: Home Care Companion

Pria is a voice activated robot intended to manage medications as well as provide health and wellness information via the Internet and an app.
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Open Style Lab at MIT

 

MIT Open Style Lab

Born of the marriage of the occupational therapy and fashion design disciplines, the MIT Open Style Lab is assembling teams to tackle problems of fitting clothing for people with limited dexterity.


 

 


 

Sereonic TV Soundbox

Speaker that can play the sound from a TV, and be positioned right by a person who needs it to be louder, with independent volume control.


 

Accepting Aging; Deciding Not to Drive

Listen to a nice casual conversation among the Cincinnati Longevity Explorers about handling aging in general, and the challenges of telling a loved one that they shouldn’t be driving anymore.

Jan 2020 AARP

AARP has many products and services, and Ms. Darlene Reza Rossi, Associate Director for Community Outreach in RI provided a useful overview and answered many questions for the Providence Longevity Explorer Circle.

Jitterbug Flip Phone: Evaluated @ Passavant

The Passavant Explorers were interested in options for friends in need of a cell phone, but not interested in learning to use a smart phone. We spent some time interacting with the Jitterbug Flip - our opinions are listed below.  

Suit Yourself: Different Pill Boxes Meet Different Needs

Saratoga Retirement Community Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill storage and dispensing devices.

I Use a Daily Check-in Call App

Explorer Sanae tells about an app that provides a check-in call daily or weekly.  

Ways to Make One's Legacy Meaningful

Explorer Lynn is first to respond to the question, what is a legacy?

Medicine Containers Challenge Older Hands

Explorer Diana tells the group about the difficulty she has opening a bottle of commercial pain relief pills.

How Judy Packs Her Pills for Travel

Explorer Judy tells the group about how she manages her pills, especially for travel.

Serene Innovations TV Soundbox @ Passavant

The Test Pilots/Passavant Community Longevity Explorers Circle evaluated the product "TV Soundbox" at their January 2020 meeting. Here are the results.

To Women's Clothing Designers: We Need to Talk!

Explorer Judy expects pockets in garments when she is shopping for new clothes.

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Featured Research

 

Medical Alert Systems: Help

Medical Alert Systems GuideWe kept getting asked "which medical alert system is best?"; and "how do I choose the right medical alert system for me?". This independent, objective, hands-on research tries to answer those questions. If you are looking for a medical alert system, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.

Choose the Right Medical Alert System for YOU

 

Useful Apps Club

Useful Apps ClubUnlock the potential of your smartphone or tablet to improve your life. The Useful Apps Club is for older adults and Boomers who have a smartphone or tablet (or are thinking of getting one) and need help to turn it into a useful tool. We are focused on finding Apps that can change your life, and teaching you how to use them. 

View: The Useful Apps Club

 

Reduce Fall Risk

Avoid FallsRead the "best of the web" on: Avoiding Falling. Our team of clinicians and citizen analysts has scoured the web for the best available answers to a set of questions designed to help you make falling less likely, and make the consequences if you do fall less bad.

View: Avoid the Perils of Falling

 

Guide: Home Sensor Systems

Home Sensor SystemsRead our report on this new category of products, designed to help seniors stay at home longer, and to help their families worry about them less. There are important lessons to be learned about which ones work, and for which types of circumstance they are optimal.

View: Home Sensor System Guide