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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 maximize the preservation of dignity in the face of true need for protection of the elder? This article addresses the issue as it relates to financial abuse of elders, but the principles are equally applicable in other situations.
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Managing My Medicines: What's Available?

"Good" medication management is widely believed to be desirable, by older adults as well as by clinicians. This article is about what factors make medication management tools useful for a given person, and outlines a series of circumstances for which specific features of these products can be helpful. Think of this as a "how to get started" guide to the topic of medication management aids.
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Products for Seniors: Could Do Better

After several years of product evaluations and unmet need explorations with groups of older adults, this is my most striking take-away. "While there is no shortage of problems for which older adults would like solutions, the vast majority of products we have looked at are either hard for elderly people to use, or do poorly the "job" our older adult demographic wants to get done". This article is about why (in my opinion) this is the case, and about errors to avoid. 
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Games for Seniors: Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a new App (Game) has taken the world by storm. This article suggests it could be a great Game for Seniors, helping to encourage healthy exercise. The article (plus video) explains what Pokemon Go is, and how one plays it.
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Medication Management Tips from Older Adults

Learn what older adults themselves think about the challenges of medication management. Listen to discussions about the things our explorers care about; how they approach managing their medications; which products they prefer (the best pill organizers, and most successful pill reminder techniques); and what problems they face.
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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 stave off what might have otherwise been serious adverse events. In fact, this simple sensor setup has worked better than he expected, and he shares his experiences, as an example of a real world use case in which a small addition of technology can accomplish a lot.
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The Power of Community

The power of community: thoughts from a co-housing pioneer.
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Best Pill Reminder App

Best Pill Reminder App: Explorer Choice

We set out to pick the best pill reminder app to share with the explorers in our Useful Apps Club. This article describes which features we selected as important and why; summarizes the results of our tests; and shares with you some details about the two Medication Apps we want to recommend, each of which is good for a slightly different life situation.
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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.
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Longevity Explorers Roll up their Sleeves

Over the last 18 months, our circles of older adults (Longevity Explorers) have had more than 70 face to face circle meetings at which together we explore unmet needs related to growing older; try out, critique and compare various interesting products; and engage in brainstorming and ideation for new and better products to help improve the quality of life as we age. We are quite excited about the results of our explorations, and this article is to share some of them.
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adaptive clothing
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Buck and Buck is a site selling adaptive clothing and footwear for persons with disabilities that make dressing and undressing difficult.
hearing aid buying guide
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The Hearing Aid Buying Guide is a thoroughgoing tutorial by Consumer Reports informing consumers on a variety of hearing loss related topics.
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iHEAR hearing aid
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iHEAR Medical is a website offering affordably priced hearing aid devices, with optional home testing and remote adjustments.
Freebird Club
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The Freebird Club is an international peer-to-peer travel website for people over fifty that connects people who have unused rooms with those looking for a place to stay.
Wearsafe, distress signal
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Wearsafe is a silent distress signal system which is designed to summon friends or family to assist without the phone being seen.
'Blue Sky' thinking about the things that Explorers would like done for them by a Smarthome or domestic robot is off with a rush.
Saratoga Retirement Community explorers are introduced to Lumo Lift, a wearable tech device designed to promote good posture in people of any age.
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Explorer Ayanna opens the discussion with her ambivalence about the usefulness of social media, conscienciously resisting the superficiality of it as well as the lack of human intraction.
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These explorers brainstorm about things they wish their smartphone could do for them in the future.
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Saratoga Retirement Community explorers take on the assignment of describing just what a robot might do for them, not only around the home, but beyond. The Topic: If you could wave a magic wand and have your house, or robot servant magically do three things for you each week or day that would...
Explorer Steve brings up the topic of website passwords, and the importance of managing them as well as keeping them secure from hackers.
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Explorers examine a variety of toenail clipper tools for use by older adults.
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The group scrutinizes the Lively Great Call emergency call system, an iteration which incorporates several upgrades to its previous models.
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Eskaton Village Explorers ponder which tasks they would like to have done for them in their homes by a robot servant. .
Eskaton Village Carmichael explorers are introduced to Lumo Lift, a wearable device that is supposed to be a reminder to maintain one's posture.
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Featured Research

 

Medical Alert Systems: Help

Medical Alert Systems GuideWe kept getting asked "which medical alert systems are 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 medical alert systems, either for yourself or for an older adult such as a parent, this piece of research is for you.

View: Medical Alert Systems Guide

 

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