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"Las Vegas is the only place I know where money really talks -
it says, 'Goodbye.'"
And The Use Of Mobile Technology
Mobile Tech Use Is Rising, Monitoring Concerns
Recent reports from AARP and Enterprise Forum Northwest indicate
those of us over the age of 50 enjoy mobile technology - especially
cell phones and are willing to consider giving up some privacy using
home monitoring equipment if it means staying in our home longer.
Mobile technology includes cell phones, laptop or tablet computers,
electronic readers, portable media players and global positioning
AARP's report: Health and Caregiving
Among the 50+: Ownership, Use and Interest in Mobile Technology(pdf)
showed that a lot of people have great interest in using
their mobile tech for managing their healthcare although few were actually
doing it. But for those who care for other people a slightly different story. "One in five (20%) adults say they
provide assistance to someone age 50+ with activities of daily
living (ADLs) and three in ten (30%) say they provide assistance to
someone age 50+ with instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs).
Among people who provide assistance to someone age 50+ with ADLs or
IADLs, about one in six (17%) say they currently use any mobile
technology to help track the health of the person they help. Not
surprisingly, among those who currently use any mobile technology to
track the health of the person they help, the vast majority (89%)
report using a cell phone or mobile phone to accomplish this task,
and about one-third (34%) report they currently use a laptop or
table computer to do the same."
Boomers, Technology & Health:
Consumers Taking Charge!(pdf) Enterprise Forum Northwest reported that
more that 56% of baby boomers were open to home healthcare
monitoring devices. And the Sandwich Generation are interested as
part of their caregiving to
parents who want to stay in their own homes. The study also found
that products must be well
designed and relevant to their lifestyle needs or they wont be
"Boomers want to shape the technology they use, unlike younger
generations who allow their lives to be shaped by it," says Michael
Rogers of Practical Futurist.
The elephant that is still in the room for wide spread adoption of
digital healthcare: health insurance companies' reimbursement
The Nursing Home
had great interest in accessible dwelling units or pods or modular
additions - they go by several names. All extend the livability of a
home and often with great style. The MedCottage is particularly attractive as you can see from
the picture. What we do find surprising though is the reported
$2,000 per month rental fee. It seems high and our calls and emails
to the company have gone unanswered to confirm this.
click here to read the article from NPR and see and an interior shot.
Kompai Robot Helps
With Independent Living
is always on the lookout for breakthrough assistive technologies. The Kompai
Robot is new and has a decidedly French twist because it was designed by
Robosoft one of Europe's largest service robotics company. Kompai can talk, be talked to (it
understands!), move on its own and can function as a videoconference system.
This is how Robosoft describes Kompai:
"It is a mobile and communicative product. Somewhat like a dog, it has its
"basket," which is the recharging dock that it heads back to when its batteries
are low. Equipped with speech, it is able to understand simple orders and give a
certain level of response. It knows its position within the house, how to get
from one point to another on demand or on its own initiative, and it remains
permanently connected to the internet and all its associated services.
Its primary means of communication with people is speech, with an additional
touch screen that features simple icons. Future generations of Kompai will be
equipped with visual abilities, and also the possibility to understand and
express emotions. And later, the addition of arms will allow it to handle
objects, leading to meal preparation and tidying; more practical functions, yet
still fundamental in everyday life."
What some people will appreciate is that you can tell Kompai to leave you alone
and the response is "Ok. I stop talking. Call me when you like." And leaves the
room. Can it get any easier?!
Click here to watch Kompai in action.
The Community is Walkable, Are You?
Honda Bodyweight Support Assist is simply fantastic.....a
life-changer if there ever was one. Obviously, it is one expensive
item, but mass production should help it meet Honda's expressed goal
of improving human mobility. Anyone with leg problems, via birth
defects, illness, injury, age, etc., can benefit with such a system.
Terrific stuff. Thanks for publicizing,
I am interested in AIP and can't just
Please, stick to the subject. No
Seen on the web it [the Bulletin] is better but not as convenient.
As emails it would help if you did not disable my settings for
incoming text. My old eyes need a bold font.
Reveal locations. Services are all local until gigantic.
G F Mueden
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Announcement: AIP Pros
The Abilities OT Services Accessibility Consultation and Home
Modifications Manual is for sale to a limited audience for a limited
time. It is focused on assessment and ideas for jobsite and home
modifications with extensive resources as well. There are sample
assessments and articles published over many years about successful
strategies and clients who have benefited from the services of
medical and design build teams. We are also having a 2 for the price
of 1 internet training registration SALE for Option 1 mentoring.
This training has been used by over 1000 design building
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Details available at www.aotss.com.
OTR/L, MS, Certified Irlen Diagnostician
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