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How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape

How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

How sensors are having a major impact on innovation and the competitive landscape for the life sciences industry (medical devices, diagnostics and pharma)..

 To learn more and see examples in each of the categories visit : http://www.hitconsultant.net/2013/09/11/how-sensors-are-transforming-the-life-sciences-industry-landscape/


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Lightweight and wireless, wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to remotely manage chronic health conditions via cloud-based storage and applications. While this enables aging and chronically ill adults to to remain in their home environment, there also needs to be ongoing training and tech support for the users, which is often where the funationality of this concept fails.

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Sensors - the eyes and ears of the WBAN (Wireless Body Area Network) for healthcare applications, and there are so many others for many other applications

Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:40 PM

New sensor technology enables seniors to stay independent longer.

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Why LGBTQ Seniors Need a Housing Strategy of Their Own - CityLab

Why LGBTQ Seniors Need a Housing Strategy of Their Own - CityLab | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
A new coalition of advocacy groups aims to help cities plan affordable housing geared toward the aging LGBTQ community.

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NIHSeniorHealth Website

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NIHSeniorHealth.gov: NIH Senior Health - "Built with You in Mind"

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Up-to-date health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. A great resource to check periodically for news and advice related to aging, retirement, health, and independence.

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Online retirement calculators don’t calculate this

Online retirement calculators don’t calculate this | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
Virtually all online retirement calculators neglect the biggest retirement burden many will endure, warns RetireMentor
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A good rule of thumb is to keep your estimated minimum emergency reserve on-hand, earning interest until you need it.

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Our Aging World: The oldest populations, mapped.

Our Aging World: The oldest populations, mapped. | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
In a recent Simpsons episode, a Japanese tourist moves in with Comic Book Guy, infuriating her father, who exclaims: “Daughter, you are coming back to Japan; there are 87 old people who need you to take care of them!” Japan’s exceptionally old population—23 percent of it is 65 or older,...
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'Silver Tsunami' And Other Terms That Can Irk The Over-65 Set

'Silver Tsunami' And Other Terms That Can Irk The Over-65 Set | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
Reporter Ina Jaffe covers aging for NPR. But many common terms for people formerly known as senior citizens have become stigmatized, she says — leaving her at a loss for words.
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Vote for the term that you think best fits the newest generation of aging Americans. (But whatever you do, don't call us "geezers!")

 

UPDATE!  Here are the results from the recent NPR poll:  http://www.npr.org/2014/07/08/329731428/npr-poll-reveals-despised-and-acceptable-terms-for-aging

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Community Experience Partnership : The Partnership

Community Experience Partnership : The Partnership | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
Community Experience Partnership is a partnership of community foundations working on the ground to demonstrate the unique contributions older adults can make in U.S. communities.
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This site is created by and for community foundations interested in civic engagement, with a specific focus on people over 60.

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Anticipate the Challenges of Aging in Place

Anticipate the Challenges of Aging in Place | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
As the population of seniors grows and life expectancies continue to increase, research shows that most people would prefer to live in their own homes as they age.
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"There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home." - Rosalynn Carter. While that's true at any age - those nearing retirement should consider what it will take to age comfortably in place.

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What happens to your digital life after death?

What happens to your digital life after death? | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

It’s a question not many consider given how embedded the internet is in their lives. The typical web user has 25 online accounts, ranging from email to social media profiles and bank accounts..."

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A growing number of states have passed laws governing the digital accounts of the deceased. It may be time well-invested to review each of your valued online accounts for these options, and to inform any heirs of your wishes in this regard.

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"Aging in Place Becoming the New Norm"

"Aging in Place Becoming the New Norm" | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

"The Centers for Disease Control defines aging in place as “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, comfortably and independently, regardless of age, income or ability level.” As more people live longer than ever before, we need to make aging in place a national priority. The quality of life for every generation depends on it."

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Thanks to Amanda Dahlquist (from the Alliance for Children and Families) for sharing this useful piece of information.

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Contact Safe In Your Space to help you stay in your home!  1-657-217-2337

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Google launches new company to focus on aging health and well-being

Google launches new company to focus on aging health and well-being | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

The Internet giant is set to take on aging and illness.... "issues that affect all our families,” Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page said in the posting. “With some longer term, moonshot thinking around health care and biotechnology, I believe we can improve millions of lives.”

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Calico will address the challenge of aging and associated diseases. Still in its infancy, this promising Google business venture will be one to watch closely.

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How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape

How Sensors Are Transforming the Life Sciences Industry Landscape | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

How sensors are having a major impact on innovation and the competitive landscape for the life sciences industry (medical devices, diagnostics and pharma)..

 To learn more and see examples in each of the categories visit : http://www.hitconsultant.net/2013/09/11/how-sensors-are-transforming-the-life-sciences-industry-landscape/


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Mary Jo Gehrking's insight:

Lightweight and wireless, wearable and ambient sensors can be an important part of an overall system to remotely manage chronic health conditions via cloud-based storage and applications. While this enables aging and chronically ill adults to to remain in their home environment, there also needs to be ongoing training and tech support for the users, which is often where the funationality of this concept fails.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, February 2, 2014 12:14 PM

Sensors - the eyes and ears of the WBAN (Wireless Body Area Network) for healthcare applications, and there are so many others for many other applications

Allen Taylor's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:40 PM

New sensor technology enables seniors to stay independent longer.

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“An Intergenerational Perspective for Estate and Succession Planning”

“An Intergenerational Perspective for Estate and Succession Planning” | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
Many families find it difficult to begin the process of discussing and making decisions about who will succeed to the farm business and how other heirs who are not involved in the business will be treated.
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Not the easiest topic for families to discuss, but addressing this issue will insure a smooth business and property transition when the inevitable occurs.

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Investing in Seniors for Stronger Communities - RE:Philanthropy

Investing in Seniors for Stronger Communities - RE:Philanthropy | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

In 1988, President Reagan proclaimed August 21st to be National Senior Citizens Day. He hoped that the country could unite in recognizing the important role that seniors play in communities across the country. Seniors are entrepreneurs. Between 1996 and 2010, adults over 55 had the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity. Seniors are volunteers. One in four Americans over the age of 55 volunteers his or her time. Many seniors, however, are also faced with serious challenges to their health and well-being.  Without the support of their community, many will be hospitalized or marginalized. Fortunately there is an active network of philanthropies working to ensure that this generation of older Americans is the healthiest and most active ever. 

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Be sure to check out his link for the Cash & Counseling Program at the National Resource Center for Participant Directed Services. This program partners with Medicaid programs to give participants with disabilities, including older adults, the option to manage a flexible budget and decide what mix of goods and services best meet their personal care needs, such as personal care workers and home modifications that allow independent living and continued aging in place.

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Alliance Joins Research Project with Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Contract

Alliance Joins Research Project with Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Contract | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
A research collaboration will study whether community-designed support initiatives that connect older adults trained by community-based human service organizations with other vulnerable older adults in the community can improve health outcomes.
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In partnership with the older adults and their family members, the study's research team will investigate whether the support from peers impact intermediary measures of health and overall wellness, including self-rated health, depression, and anxiety. It will be exciting to watch this project unfold!

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LeadingAge

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The mission of LeadingAge is to expand the world of possibilities for aging. Their membership includes 6,000 not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state partners, and hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations, and research partners. Together, members touch 4 million lives every day. 

 

LeadingAge recently participated in a study to understand health needs of older adults living in HUD-assisted households. Entitled "Picture of Housing and Health: Medicare and Medicaid Use Among Older Adults in HUD-Assisted Housing," this study was funded by HHS and HUD, and led by the Lewin Group. View the full report here: http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2014/HUDpic.shtml

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Another good aging resource website.  Be sure to check out the recent HUD/HHS-funded study in which they were a participant.

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Moderate exercising beneficial to the aging

Moderate exercising beneficial to the aging | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
It may seem obvious, but now there's proof: Physical activity of moderate intensity can help older people stay mobile and independent, according to the largest clinical trial ever done on the issue. The study, presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, Fla., involved researchers at the University of Pittsburgh and seven other field centers. A physical activity program consisting of aerobic, resistance and flexibility exercises significantly reduced the risk of a major mobility disability, researchers found. "Until this study, we didn't have the proof necessary to say that daily exercise, sustained over several years, truly can prevent loss of mobility," said Anne Newman, chair of the Department of Epidemiology in Pitt's Graduate School
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It's true: move it or lose it!  :-) Even moderate physical activity helps aging adults maintain their ability to walk at a rate 18% higher than older adults who do not exercise.

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Grantmakers in Aging Diversity Award 2014 | Nominations Now Open!

Grantmakers in Aging Diversity Award 2014 | Nominations Now Open! | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

Grantmkaers in Aging established the Diversity Award in 2003 to recognize national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging. Nominations for 2014 are now open. Nonprofit organizations (receiving funding from a foundation or whose funding sources include foundation[s]), individual grantmakers, or foundations working effectively with a diverse aging population are eligible for consideration. Self-nominations are also welcome.

 

For complete details on the nominating process & instructions, please click the title of this post to visit the GIA website. 

 

Submissions are due electronically by July 3, 2014.

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The cost of hearing aids can be daunting

The cost of hearing aids can be daunting | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

Medicare, to the astonishment of many, does not cover hearing appliances. And many aging Baby Boomers are discovering that insurance companies basically pay nothing as well. Lower-cost options have started to emerge in recent years, but some entail less in-person service. And for the uninitiated, the menu of choices may seem daunting.

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Even with health care reform, it will continue to be a financial struggle to manage the inevitable hearing problems that often plague aging seniors.

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Alzheimer's Challenges Notions Of Memory And Identity

Alzheimer's Challenges Notions Of Memory And Identity | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
As those with Alzheimer's disease lose their memories, do they also lose their identities? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers new research into traits seen as central to identity.
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Another issue that continues to impact those who plan on "aging in place" as well as their families.

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For aging transgender population, retirement can be bittersweet refuge

For aging transgender population, retirement can be bittersweet refuge | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
While it could mean the end of pretending, the golden years can also come with health care issues, intense isolation
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With LGBT rights in the forefront of the news of late, this issue is one that community and social service organizations should research to ensure that related programs and assistance will be made available to this growing population.

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Doctor Helps Iowa Couple Face Illness On Their Own Terms

Doctor Helps Iowa Couple Face Illness On Their Own Terms | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
Deciding how best to care for aging parents can be one of the most difficult times for families.
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A changing attitude toward end-of-life "living" can ease the passage for patients and families.

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Think you know what to expect in retirement? Take this quiz.

Think you know what to expect in retirement? Take this quiz. | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
This quiz from The Wall Street Journal's Encore highlights some of the most critical parts of planning for later life and can help you judge how successful your retirement might be.
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I was told there would be no math... oops.

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Senior Living: How the Trailer Park Could Save Us All - Mind & Body – Utne Reader

Senior Living: How the Trailer Park Could Save Us All - Mind & Body – Utne Reader | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
A healthy, inexpensive, environmentally-friendly senior living solution for housing millions of retiring baby boomers is staring us in the face: time to rethink the trailer park.
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California seems to be an ideal geographic location for this concept. "Tornado Alley" in the nation's heartland? Not so much. ;-) But seriously, with some modifications, this ready-made community living arrangement for aging boomers has great potential.

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5 reasons to buy long-term care insurance now

5 reasons to buy long-term care insurance now | Aging in Place | Scoop.it
Some decisions can be put off until just before retirement, when you’re in your mid-60s. How you pay for long-term care is not one them.
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You'll never get any younger, and things never get any cheaper.  That's the bottom line of this article. Consider learning about your long-term care alternatives well before you need them.

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GIA: Grantmakers in Aging

GIA: Grantmakers in Aging | Aging in Place | Scoop.it

 

Aging in place: it's what most people say they want to do. Unfortunately, many communities are not prepared for an aging population. GIA is an inclusive and responsive membership organization comprised of all types of philanthropies with a common dedication to improving the experience of aging.


GIA has also partnered with the Pfizer Foundation on an age-friendly initiative called Community AGEnda: Improving America for All Ages. Its goal: to help America's communities become great places to grow up and to grow old: http://www.giaging.org/programs-events/community-agenda/ .

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The Community AGEnda page has a list of partner sites where you can review the outlines of successful aging in place networks and learn more about involvement within their communities.

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