On Monday September 20 in Sudbury, and Wednesday September 29 in Lincoln, learn how the new challenges and opportunities of aging in the 21st century can come together to benefit elders and those with disabilities. “21st Century Caregiving: Essentials for Caring for a Disabled or Aging Loved One” is a free lecture and community service. On the 20th, the lecture will be at the Goodnow Public Library located at 21 Concord Road in Sudbury (map here). On the 29th, at the Lincoln Public Library at 3 Bedford Road in Lincoln (map here). Both lectures start at 6:45 pm.
Many of you probably heard National Public Radio's popular series this week Aging At Home. We were enormously proud to learn that NPR selected Caring Companion Connections as one of only four resources they listed on their web page as Additional Resources for the first episode. Clearly, NPR has realized what many already know: Caring Companion Connections is a leader in providing wellness-focused home care and innovative, effective ways to help seniors age comfortably in the home of their choosing.
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"A home care agency just showed me how to reduce the cost of home care! Now, how amazing is that?!"
Families are so grateful (if not surprised!) when we help them develop a cost-efficient plan to keep aging parents safe and comfortable in their homes -- even when it means fewer hours of in-home care by Caring Companion. Finding effective and safe ways to stretch the care budget is one of the keys to successfully managing elder care for your family. People tend to move from crisis to crisis, addressing each problem independently in a fire drill mode. Sometimes it helps to step back and think in an organized way about what's needed. And that's where we always start with each household.
For example, here are the top threats to health and safety of elders living alone:
I was planning my next technology post to focus on currently-available products that can help reduce the overall cost of home care by reducing the hours required to pay a home care agency for data collection and monitoring. There is a range of products – from medication dispensers to home systems with motion sensors and cameras – that can provide security without invading privacy, and that do so at a fraction of the cost of in-home care. These products are mature, available, and they can be valuable tools to families, but I'll have to write about them later because the attached it just too much fun to discuss.
A recent New York Times article describes a lab project that is NOT yet widely available. Used with dementia patients, it is modeled after a baby harp seal, and it "trills and paddles when petted, blinks when the lights go up, opens its eyes at loud noises and yelps when handled roughly or held upside down." It's a pet without the mess! It is well-known that many dementia sufferers improved and find it very soothing to devote care-giving to pets or to plants; according to the Times article, many of these benefits can be derived by interacting with "Paro," whose name is derived from conflating the words "personal robot."