Technology Developments

Agreement puts tablet devices into hands of home care clients in assisted living, elsewhere

Assisted living residents and individuals living in their homes who are clients of a New York home healthcare agency will be receiving Bluetooth-enabled tablet devices that can transmit their vital signs to their clinicians and also enable videoconferencing.

Improving quality of life is goal of senior living tech initiative

Improving quality of life is goal of senior living tech initiative

At a Minnesota senior living community, smartwatches and other communication tools will provide caregivers, residents and their family members with real-time health and wellness information while simultaneously enabling the remote tracking of biometric and behavioral data.

CCRC launches interactive map, virtual tour

CCRC launches interactive map, virtual tour

In an effort to provide convenience and respond to the increasing technologic capabilities of residents, prospective residents and their families, a Florida continuing care retirement / life plan community has launched a new interactive map and virtual tours on its website.

GreatCall acquires Healthsense

GreatCall acquires Healthsense

GreatCall has acquired Healthsense, a provider of passive remote monitoring services for the senior care continuum.

$100,000 grant will help wellness program improve software

$100,000 grant will help wellness program improve software

A $100,000 grant from the not-for-profit Aging in America will enable Vitalize 360, a joint venture between Hebrew SeniorLife and Kendal, to improve its software to promote healthful aging.

Penrose, SingFit winners at AARP's Innovation@50+ LivePitch

Penrose Senior Care Auditors and SingFit were the winners at AARP's April 27 Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, the organization announced.

Project examines social media effects on older adults' mood, behavior

Project examines social media effects on older adults' mood, behavior

A graduate school research project is pairing students with CCRC residents to see whether and how social media affect older adults' emotions, mood and behavior.

Sensors could help prevent falls

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering are developing falls prevention sensors for use by residents of senior living communities and private homes. The technology can determine both who is in danger and where they are.

Top 5 uses of internet among older adults

Internet access was the technology most frequently possessed by the older adults who participated in a recent survey.

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.

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In Focus

June 21

A flash mob to remember

Indianapolis

Indianapolis International Airport visitors recently were surprised by a flash mob organized by American Senior Communities to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer's Association during June, which is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month.