December 2016

posted 12.09.2016
A Smart Approach: Tech Design that Keeps Older End Users in Mind By Amy Andonian Seventy-four year old Doris prides herself on keeping in touch with her teenage granddaughter across the country through texting, but some days, when her fingers are too stiff with arthritis to type, Doris says she…
posted 12.09.2016
By David Lindeman It’s no longer unusual to hear about a new tech company or application being promoted to benefit older adults, whether in robotics, virtual reality or sensors; a breakthrough in assis­tive technologies; a new mobile app; or a simple improvement in smart cell phone technology. As…
posted 12.08.2016
By Terry Fulmer The subject of elder mistreatment featured prominently in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, with commentary from experts, as well as from President Obama, who said, “We’re going to train more prosecutors in how to combat elder abuse.” That is one place to start. However,…
posted 12.06.2016
By Zhenmei Zhang Severe cognitive impairment is a devastating disease for patients, their families and society. Estimates of dementia care (direct costs and informal care) for 2009 were as high as $133 billion in the United States, according to Wimo, Winblad and Jönsson in Alzheimer’s &…
posted 12.06.2016
By Marc E. Agronin His wife of 50 years thought he was crazy. But when Jack jumped out of an airplane at 13,000 feet, attached to a skydiving instructor, it was the most thrilling thing he’d done in years—and one more item to scratch off of his bucket list. Jack’s jump represented his expanding…