ElderCarelink Blog

Personal medical alarms: older technology but effective for many

by Carol Bursack
March 19th, 2011 at 2:07 am

The variety of technological devices available to monitor seniors and other potentially at risk people is quite amazing. Some of these devices monitor a person’s movements with strategically placed cameras. Other devices rely on sensors placed around the home. For many elders, sensors that send signals marking whether medication is taken on time, or if and when a person uses the bathroom, deliver more oversight than necessary, and cameras can seem even more invasive.

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Meaningful visits and technology

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
March 11th, 2011 at 3:06 am

It is not only the younger population using technology. There are an increasing number of older adults who use cell phones and have home computers. When an older adult has difficulties with vision, hearing, memory, or speech, those challenges may interfere with that person’s ability to keep involved at the same level. If there are some coordination or mobility limitations, additional obstacles are possible.

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“Ten Glorious Seconds” tender and real

by Carol Bursack
February 11th, 2011 at 3:06 am

Many of us who have loved someone with dementia have experienced what I call “moments of clarity,” during which the person who seems lost to dementia suddenly “comes back,” if only for a few seconds. I experienced several of these episodes with my dad, who had dementia due to a failed brain surgery, and they remain some of my most precious memories.

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How do your elders view new technology that monitors their home life?

by Carol Bursack
January 18th, 2011 at 3:12 am

During my busiest elder care years, I convinced several of my elders to wear personal medial alarms. With personal medical alarms, the person wearing the alarm is in control. If there’s a fall or other emergency, the person pushes a button on the bracelet or necklace style alarm, and help is summoned. Once they agreed to wear the devices, my elders did feel more peace of mind.

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The Area Agencies on Aging Wants to Help Older Adults Connect Through Technology

by Carol Bursack
December 18th, 2010 at 3:11 am

The old adage, “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” seems to be coming alive in senior communities. When it comes to the social networking craze which has taken over younger demographics, seniors have decided not to be left behind.

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