At the 2014 Aging in America Conference Katy Fike, PhD, founder of Aging2.0 and a member of ASA's Board of Directors, spoke about the convergence of technology and aging, and how technology can help professionals who work with older adults do so more effectively and more efficiently. Watch Katy's presentation and then keep reading to learn more about ten exciting new innovations that could change the way we age:
Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf,” wrote Aldo Leopold more than sixty years ago in A Sand County Almanac (1948, 1987). Leopold invested his life in observing nature. His keen appreciation for ecological systems became the foundation for his profound land ethic, which stressed taking the long view of humanity’s relationship with nature to preserve its integrity, stability, and beauty.
Eboni is a graduate of ASA’s New Ventures in Leadership Program and is the Co-Founder of Caregiver Support Services in Omaha, Nebraska.
In the first of a new series profiling ASA leadership program alumni, ASA AgeBlog asked Eboni a few questions about her interests, goals and the roles that mentorship has played in her career development.
Here’s what she said:
This article is the third in a series of three columns on aging and technology. See the Nov.–Dec. 2013 and Jan.–Feb. 2014 issues of Aging Today for stories on high-tech connections between generations and empathic design.
Though many of us may not realize it, someone in our office, on our block or at our child’s school faces significant challenges daily as a family caregiver. Family caregivers, an integral part of the interdisciplinary care team, need and deserve respect, access to support services and community resources and work-schedule flexibility.
Carol Levine’s stores of energy serve her well in her full-time position as director of the Families and Healthcare Project at United Hospital Fund in New York City. There, through research, publications, a website and collaborations with healthcare and community providers, she raises awareness about the importance of family caregivers and their connection to healthcare systems.
An HIV-positive friend of mine who is gay attends a conservative church. He has been a member of this congregation for more than 40 years, really likes the people and is dedicated to his beliefs. Yet the other day he told me that he sometimes feels invisible there. When his family visits, the pastor publicly acknowledges them, but seems to forget to mention my friend’s name.
My sisters and I are long-distance family caregivers for our 93-year-old mother. She lives in an assisted living community, having been displaced from her home of more than 50 years by Hurricane Sandy. We have already experienced this profound caregiving journey, having cared for our dad—with my mother and four homecare aides—for nearly seven years before he died five years ago at age 94.