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December 2009

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“Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you.”

Winston Churchill
Is the UK Out In Front When It Comes To Smart Homes & Telecare?

This is one of the questions Brian Dolan with Mobihealthnews asked George MacGinnis with the Assistive Technology Programme at the NHS Connecting for Health in the UK and the short answer is “yes”.

“The UK starts from a position where we have state provided social care. With that we had a history of using technology and social care to move people out of residential care homes and keep them in their own homes. There is a significant infrastructure there already” said MacGinnis.  “In terms of penetration rate, we have upwards of 1 million people who enjoy some form of remote monitoring technology and around 300,000 or more ’smart homes’ are already out there and wired. That’s probably very different from what is classically talked about more often in places like the US, for instance, in terms of chronic disease management. [For chronic disease management] we are starting out along with everyone else — we are still in the stage of early pilots."

Caregiving Is Still Mostly A Woman's Job

Almost One-Third of U.S. Adult Population Plays Caregiver Role in Households Across America: 65.7 Million Caregivers

Caregiving is still mostly a woman’s job and many women are putting their career and financial futures on hold as they juggle part-time caregiving and full-time job requirements. This is the reality reported in Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, the most comprehensive examination to date of caregiving in America. The sweeping study of the legions of people caring for adults, the elderly, and children with special needs reveals that 29% of the U.S. adult population, or 65.7 million people, are caregivers, including 31% of all households. These caregivers provide an average of 20 hours of care per week.

Caregiving is still mostly a woman’s job and many women are putting their career and financial futures on hold as they juggle part-time caregiving and full-time job requirements.
“Now in addition to family and work, boomers have added caregiving, the equivalent of a part time job, to their responsibilities,” said Elinor Ginzler, AARP Senior Vice President for Livable Communities.

Caregiving in the U.S. 2009, which was funded by MetLife Foundation and conducted for the National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP by Mathew Greenwald & Associates, is the result of interviews with 1,480 caregivers chosen at random. The study was designed to replicate similar studies conducted in 2004 and 1997 and includes, for the first time, a sampling of those caring for children as well as those caring for adults over the age of 18.

Among the findings: American caregivers are predominantly female (66%) and are an average of 48 years old. Most care for a relative (86%), most often a parent (36%). Seven in ten caregivers care for someone over age 50. One in seven caregivers provides care, over and above regular parenting, to a child with special needs 14%). Caregiving lasts an average of 4.6 years.

The study also revealed that both caregivers of adults and their care recipients are now older than their counterparts were five years ago. Among caregivers of adults (ages 18 or older), the average age of the caregiver rose from 46 to 49. The change can be attributed to a decline among younger caregivers (those under the age of 50) and a shift upward among caregivers age 50 to 64. Among caregivers of adults, the average care recipient’s age increased from 67 to 69, mainly because of an increase in the percentage age 75 or older (from 43% to 51%).

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Blogging Seniors Catching Up With Teens

NielsenWire Online reports that, while people 65 and older still make up less than 10 percent of the active Internet universe, their numbers are on the rise. In the last five years, the number of seniors actively using the Internet has increased by more than 55 percent, from 11.3 million active users in November 2004 to 17.5 million in November 2009. Among people 65+, the growth of women in the last five years has outpaced the growth of men by 6 percentage points.

ZAI, inc


Not only are more people 65 and older heading online, but they are also spending more time on the Web. Time spent on the Internet by seniors increased 11 percent in the last five years, from approximately 52 hours per month in November 2004 to just over 58 hours in 2009.

“The over 65 crowd represents about 13% of the total population and with this increase in online usage, they are beginning to catch up with their offline numbers,” notes Chuck Schilling, research director, agency & media, Nielsen’s online division. “Looking at what they’re doing online, it makes sense they’re engaged in many of the same activities that dominate other age segments – e-mail, sharing photos, social networking, checking out the latest news and weather – and it’s worth noting that a good percentage of them are spending time with age-appropriate pursuits such as leisure travel, personal health care and financial concerns.”

The number one online activity? Checking personal email.  Viewing or printing online maps and checking the weather online were the second and third most popular online activities, with 68.6 and 60.1 percent, respectively.


We've added a new category of Accessibility Specialists to the AIPatHome Business Pages: Certified National Resource Center on Supportive Housing & Home Modification professionals. These people have completed a 5 course home modification program at the University of Southern California.

I Want That!

And we'll wrap up this techy-stat filled bulletin with a nod to the upcoming Silvers Summit and Digital Health Summit at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas by taking a look at this laptop that we hope will quickly move from concept to store shelves:

Flexible Laptop

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