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Groups, Organizations relating to better quality life as grow older.

 

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Analysis & Exploration: Groups, Organizations

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. I hope that if you are ever faced with a similar situation, my experience will help you.

 

 

Cohousing: The Power of Community

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

 

 

Longevity Explorers Roll up their Sleeves

In our first 24 months, our 5 circles of older adults (Longevity Explorers) had more than 100 face-to-face circle meetings at which together we explored unmet needs related to growing older; tried out, critiqued and compared various interesting products; and engaged in brainstorming and ideation for new and better products to help improve the quality of life as we age. 

 

 

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.

 

 

How a Continuing Care Retirement Community Works

How a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) works is a question that often pops up when our explorer discussions turn to where and how to live as one gets older. This article explains how this model of retirement living works, and discusses their financial model.

 

 

Private Patient Advocates

As our healthcare system becomes more complex and hard to navigate, a new profession has emerged: patient advocacy. Patient advocates are people who work to help patients navigate the healthcare system, and can in principle help save money, and help make sure one gets the best possible treatment when ill. In this article, we asked one of this new breed, Patricia Knight, to help our readers understand better: what is a patient advocate, what do they do, and do you need one?

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Groups, Organizations

Exercise Brainstorming @ Stanford

Explorer Helen speaks about her participation in a recent project with a group of Stanford University engineering design division students. .........Read more

SF Explorers Talk About Wearables

SF Explorers spent a portion of their meeting time sharing reports on their favorite wearables - both high and low tech. .........Read more

Digital Tools to Keep Post-Pandemic

During this period of social distancing and isolation, SF Explorers consider which aspects of virtual connectivity they intend to continue to use after the mandated isolation is over. .........Read more

Senior Living: Get Ready... Go! (or Not).

San Francisco Explorers discuss what they would like to see - or what they must do to prepare - as they consider a move to a senior living community or decide to stay at home instead.

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Getting Tech Help: SF Explorers

The SF Explorer Circle discusses and shares how they get tech help for their devices or tutoring to operate them. .........Read more

Uber and Lyft: Users Like Their Experiences

The group is discussing use of the Uber app, which leads to a series of anecdotes and questions from members .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Groups, Organizations (shared by our Explorers)

Papa: Family on Demand

 
Papa: Family on Demand
 

Papa is an on-demand assistance service and app designed to help people and their family members stay independent while living at home.

 

Go Go Quincy

 
Go Go Quincy
 

Go Go Quincy is a website designed to provide easily accessible tech support services to the 55-plus market.

 

Upside HoM

 
Upside HoM
 

Upside HoM is intended to offer older adults apartment living with amenities in multigenerational buildings or campus settings. 

 

Candoo

 
Candoo
 

Candoo offers technology concierge services intended to assist the user with as-needed online sessions, a membership subscription, and online help with device installation and setup.

 

Support.com

 
Support.com
 

Support.com is an online tech support service intended to provide remote help and solutions to computer and other device-related problems.

 

Total Tech Support (Best Buy)

 
Total Tech Support  (Best Buy)
 

Total Tech Support from Best Buy is a membership fee-based service intended to provide a range of tech support services and discounts on repairs.

 

Be My Eyes

 
Be My Eyes
 

Be My Eyes is a free app for iOS or Android devices that is designed to connect persons with vision impairment to sighted volunteers who also use the app to assist the caller with visual problem-solving. 

 

The US Advance Care Plan 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.

 

MIT Open Style Lab

 
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.

 

 

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