Articles tagged with: technology

How Imagery & Music via Technology Can Benefit Seniors with Dementia

Posted by: The Bristal

In this age of advanced technology, the focus is not always on the young. Technology designed for the aging population is enabling seniors to reap many benefits. While high-tech devices that monitor a senior’s safety and health are now widely known and available, the authors of this suggest that caregivers can effectively use nature images and music to help those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

The study was conducted on 300 participants, who resided in an assisted living community. The researchers analyzed the effects of exposure to music and nature images using specific cognitive ability and agitation measurement tools … read more

Posted in: Alzheimer’s & Memory Care
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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Finding gift ideas for seniors who have everything is a challenge, but if you think outside the box, it’s easier than you realize. Here are some tips for coming up with thoughtful and creative gifts that your senior loved ones will appreciate this year.

How to Come up With the Perfect Gift for a Senior

• Be sensitive to your loved one’s individual needs and capabilities. If they’re mobility-challenged, a ski weekend isn’t likely to go over well.

• Be practical. If they have no need to wear a tie, don’t buy them one.

• Be thoughtful. … read more

Posted in: Caregiving & Family
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Assistive Technology for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Most of us typically think of the younger generation when the talk turns to new technology products. Baby boomers and even their parents, however, are using high tech solutions to stay connected and maintain independence. As we look ahead, there are greater opportunities on the horizon for technology to support older adults. Self-driving cars and caregiver robots may soon become a reality.

Today’s Technology to Help Seniors

If you are a senior searching for solutions to help you maintain your independence at home or an adult child concerned about a parent’s safety, there are a wide variety of options to consider. From … read more

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Working Baby Boomers: Staying Relevant

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’re part of the growing segment of working baby boomers, you already know you bring value and skill sets to the workforce. Finally, the rest of corporate America has caught on. A new AARP report, A Business Case for Workers Age 50+: A Look at the Value of Experience 2015, conducted by Aon Hewitt and based on data from large employers, found companies favor hiring older employees.

Workers over 50 are a growing segment of the workforce: About 35 percent of U.S. labor force participants will be age 50-plus in 2022. This compares to just 25 percent in 2002.

What’s … read more

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Mobility and Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is officially classified as a movement disorder that causes problems with both controlling and initiating movement. Among the challenges someone living with PD faces is muscle rigidity, balance problems, shuffling gait, slowed movement, and an inability to control smooth muscle functions. The tremors and shaking we commonly associate with the disease are caused by this loss of control.

While there is unfortunately no cure for Parkinson’s disease, lifestyle changes, medication and adaptive equipment can help manage the symptoms.

Exercise is Critical to Managing Parkinson’s

Getting regular exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily … read more

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7 Home Safety Tips for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

When a parent or senior family member lives with Alzheimer’s disease, home safety can be a constant concern. For most families, there will come a day when the difficult decision about where their loved one will live will have to be made. Adult children often try to move a loved one into their home for a while before they move them to a memory care assisted living community. While Alzheimer’s experts typically recommend any change in their environment to be made in the earliest stages of the disease, seniors often resist. If you find yourself in the position of moving … read more

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Technology that Helps Seniors and their Caregivers

Posted by: The Bristal

Many of us have the belief that you can’t learn new things when you get older. Technology is proving otherwise.

As more tech products and health care apps were being introduced on the market, the question of whether seniors would be willing to learn how to use them was often raised. Now we know unequivocally the answer is yes. Senior citizens are embracing the latest technology for the variety of benefits it brings to their lives. The experts at Pew Research found that over half of adults age 65 or older are using the internet and email. Almost half of them … read more

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Estate Planning of Digital Assets

Posted by: The Bristal

Photo albums, diaries, and letters are rapidly being replaced by their electronic counterparts. These are referred to as digital assets. Personal property like photos and journals can tell your life story, and passing that story on to your loved ones is a significant component of estate planning. These digital assets may be priceless and have profound sentimental value. However, unlike in the past when such personal assets were in physical form, the location of your digital personal assets may be unknown to family and friends. They may be stored on your home computer, a flash drive, an external hard … read more

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Caregiving from a Distance: Resources You Should Know About

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

My father lives in Boca Raton, Florida and was recently ill. Until now, he has been in pretty good shape for his 85 years. He is living with a few chronic ailments, such as Diabetes and COPD, and, from time to time he has an episode and has to pay attention to one condition or another. I’ve had some midnight calls from him lately that have caused me a lot of worry and him a lot of stress. It’s impossible for me to get down to him fast enough in an emergency. Are there any resources you would … read more

Posted in: Dear Maryellen, Senior Care
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