Therapy robot helps ease dementia symptoms: study

Therapy robot helps ease dementia symptoms: study

A robotic pet can be effective in decreasing wandering and anxiety-related behaviors in memory care residents, according to the results of a six-month study in seven Front Porch retirement communities in California.

AARP announces 10 finalists for LivePitch event

Ten startup health tech companies have been selected to pitch their businesses at the AAPR's fifth Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event April 27 in Sunnyvale, CA.

LeadingAge CAST expands functional assessment, activity monitoring technology toolkit

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies has updated its Functional Assessment and Activity Monitoring toolkit adding six new products to the online selection tool and product matrix, a new case study and a new interactive guide to help providers understand, plan for and select such technologies.

Brookdale expanding technology programs for residents

Brookdale expanding technology programs for residents

Brookdale's Rewiring Aging initiative and a pilot program with tech support company Geekatootry are designed to enrich seniors' lives through technology.

Telemedicine found to reduce ED visits among senior living residents

Telemedicine found to reduce ED visits among senior living residents

The use of "high-intensity" telemedicine at senior living communities significantly reduces visits to emergency departments, according to recently published research.

Computerized approach detects Alzheimer's with 82% accuracy

Computerized approach detects Alzheimer's with 82% accuracy

Researchers have discovered how speech impairments can help diagnose Alzheimer's disease with more than 82% accuracy and have developed automated technology to detect the impairments.

Older adults master cell phones through program

Only 18% of older adults are comfortable learning to use their cell phones, according to research, but one program is aiming to change that.

App shows potential in independent living studies

Two studies of an app are showing promise for enhancing the physical health, vitality and brain fitness of older adults residing in independent living communities.

Fitness games help older adults

Older adults with type 2 diabetes who play fitness games on a video game console can increase their cardiorespiratory fitness, thereby lowering their risk of related heart disease, according to new research.

Technology helps tie seniors to the world

Technology helps tie seniors to the world

Residents of one senior living community are using computers, smartphones and related technology to keep in touch with loved ones, keep up to date with what's happening elsewhere in the world and enhance their daily lives.

Virginia retirement community launches tech initiative

Atlantic Shores Retirement Community has begun the first phase of a technology initiative that will enable residents to connect with each other and the world using wireless Internet, indoors and outdoors, anywhere within the 100-acre community.

Wearables, apps part of $2.4 million social interaction study

The University of Texas at Austin is using a five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to study how social interactions improve the health of older adults. Participants will monitor their physical activity and social interactions in real time for several days.

Event to provide advice on products, services for older adults

Seven start-up companies will pitch their ideas for products and services for older adults to experts during a "Dolphin Tank" session of the Gerontological Society of America annual meeting.

Use of technology defines senior travelers

Active senior travelers can be divided into three groups based on how they use tourism-related information and communication technology, according to new research.

App wins inugural Hackathon

IQ Sensor Solutions was the overall winner of the inaugural Cleveland Medical Hackathon, which ended Sept. 27.

Many prefer online postoperative care to in-person care

Chances are, your residents prefer to obtain some postoperative care from the comfort of their own living space rather than travel to a doctor's office, according to the results of a new study.

Text messaging improves cardiovascular risk factors

Semi-personalized text messages helped improve low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels, blood pressure, body mass index and smoking status in people with coronary heart disease, according to a new study.

Eye condition affects use of touch screens: study

Older adults with age-related macular degeneration have no problem with accuracy in performing touch screen tasks, but their performance is slower, according to a new study.

Social technology helps well-being in those 80 or older

Social technology helps well-being in those 80 or older

A new survey shows that the use of social technology is linked to better well-being for adults aged 80 or more years, and it demonstrates social technology's potential for combating isolation. The research also reveals older adults' frustration and need for assistance in becoming part of the digital world, however.

InTouch at Home offers telemedicine to residents

The InTouch at Home provides senior living residents with onsite access to board-certified or board-eligible physicians.

Caremerge, ProviNET Solutions partner

Caremerge is partnering with ProviNET Solutions to expand care coordination solutions in the senior living space throughout the United States.

Google, Sanofi, Joslin collaborate to fight diabetes

Google, Sanofi, Joslin collaborate to fight diabetes

Drug maker Sanofi, Google's life sciences team and the Joslin Diabetes Center will collaborate in an effort to improve care and outcomes for people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Robots for ADL assistance may be in future

Robots for ADL assistance may be in future

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to help researchers develop robots that can assist older adults with activities of daily living and other chores.

LeadngAge CAST has 3 new business associates

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies has three new business associates.

AARP launches Technology Education and Knowledge Academy

A new, free, online classroom is designed to help Americans aged 50 or more years get the most out of technology to connect with family and friends, access health information, enjoy entertainment and more.

Top cities where technology aids seniors

Top cities where technology aids seniors

Real estate brokerage Redfin has released a list of the top 10 best cities where technology aids seniors, but leaders at assisted living communities may not like what they read.

Telemedicine can help seniors use ED less: study

Telemedicine can help senior living community residents visit the hospital emergency department less, according to recently published research.

New technology to combat HAIs

Even when you do everything right, setbacks still regularly occur. One of the most prevalent and needless obstacles is failing to protect residents from healthcare-associated illnesses.

How facility-based provider organizations can innovate

Current modes of long-term care service delivery, such as assisted living, nursing home and private duty home care providers, will lose unless they begin to innovate a patient-centered, setting-agnostic platform that meets a much broader array of family needs.

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A truckload of charity

Gainesville, FL 

The Village at Gainesville recently donated a truckload of used appliances from its residences to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

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