- Help Friends Stay Away from Regrets over the Past
- Is Microhousing a Viable Alternative to Aging Poorly in Place?
When aging in place is out of place: Aging in place may not be for everyone, as the University of Florida's Stephen Golant noted: 48% of seniors spend more than half their income on housing, and 14% of those age 75+ still have mortgages. Separated by distance from adult children, perhaps they suffer from isolation, poor health, and other downsides that Dr. Golant spells out in some detail.
- Why Isn't Tech More Appealing?
Lots of "health" invention: Next week I am going to Connected Health in Boston, where I will no doubt walk up and down aisles filled with medication management systems, chronic disease devices, and every type of tech to help doctors do a better job of caring for their patients—and presumably to help patients take better care of themselves.
- New and Noteworthy Vendors at AARP Orlando@50+
Boomers everywhere: So there were 22,000+ attendees (average age, 62.8, according to AARP). They slogged around the mammoth Orange County Convention Center, stopping by exhibits only when they weren't a mile away (same building) and listening to the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Larry King, Rob Reiner, Cesar Milan, Dave Barry, and Newt Gingrich. No question, AARP puts on a great party.
- Media Coverage on Remote Monitoring for Seniors Lacks Substance
Remote monitoring, a household product category? Vendors in the remote monitoring world were no doubt thrilled when a few weeks ago we were treated to a wave of news stories from the New York Times, CBS News, the Wall Street Journal<
- Under the Radar: The A-Plus Senior Computer
Senior computers: not so many winners. Over the past few years, several attempts at creating a “senior” computer have been made, including a pricey senior PC partnership between HP and Microsoft and the thin-client GO Computer from MyGait (sold through FirstSTREET), which is not extensible—what you get is what you get, a
- Gossamer of Sadness
“Getting old is hell,” my friend Jo recently wrote. I think her words and sentiment reflected her feelings of loss. Loss of her dear parents, who are slowly fading away, and a sense of loss as the signs of her own aging are becoming clearer with the passage of each birthday. Perhaps it’s not really getting old that seems so hellish as is the realization that what was once, will never be again.
- All by Itself, Managing the Money Is a Full-time Job
I have job, a full-time job. Since I manage two adult day service associations—Washington Adult Day Services Association and National Adult Day Services Association—it sometimes feels like I have two full-time jobs. (I’m absolutely not complaining; my architect husband has been out of work since January.) And I have been managing my mother’s finances and care for about two years, which means I essentially have three jobs.
- Why Don’t Large Vendors Invest More in Technology for Seniors?
This is a rant. I am tired of youth-oriented tech vendors with their back-to-school laptops. I am tired of how clumsy and nonintuitive most computing technologies are—especially home networks. I am convinced that vendors like Apple, Cisco, Dell, HP, Intel, and Microsoft must be populated with thirty-somethings who design products for themselves and their inner geek. (Gee, why have a device that can be plugged in and just works?
- Reduce Medicare Expenditures?
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Paula Span, a well-respected writer in the health care arena, about adult day services and an article she was writing for the Kaiser Foundation. During our conversation, Paula mentioned that she did not particularly want to deal in the politics of aging. I have heard that perspective before among people who write in the aging “space.”