It’s a new year. And this year, we’re going to start it off with a topic almost NONE of our clients want to talk about: Tech.
And we have really good reasons why we want to shine a spotlight on this topic:
- There are over 55 million people over the age of 65 in the US.
- Care provided by family and friends can determine whether an older person can remain at home. In fact, 50 percent of the elderly who have a long-term care need but no family available to care for them are in nursing homes, while only 7 percent who have a family caregiver are in institutional settings.
So we have more people living longer, who want to stay home, while the average cost of long-term care rises and healthcare continues to be a primary cause of bankruptcies.
We as a nation simply do not have the financial or human capital resources to handle all the people that want to age in place. What we do have is an extraordinary amount of technology ready to help solve healthcare challenges.
If you want to age in place:
- Plan for it. Take a look at our Resources page and speak to an elder law attorney.
- Start looking at technologies that can help with our two big buzz words: independence and quality of life! Here’s a starting list to explore:
- Go virtual with your Primary Care Physician (PCP). Find a company that offers virtual care services. Ask your doctor if they do virtual visits. Or use a company like MDLive to assist with doctor visits, prescription coordination, and insurance navigation.
- Program an Amazon Alexa. It’s amazing what Alexa can do. Look at the Care Hub. It’s affordable, minimizes loneliness, and helps you do things you love (like play that 60’s music).
- Be open to family and friend tech support options. It can feel like an invasion of privacy to have people check on you. But the reality is that if we all want to age at home, we need a community that can use technology to check on us! Early detection of issues or quick response when we have a problem (like a fall) is crucial to maintaining independence and quality of life. Things like Oscar Senior have direct applicability and support. Family support options like daughterhood.org help you develop organic community. A home alert system like Wellness through Alarm.com can provide security, safety, and peace of mind.
When my Pap was declining, the family set him up with an Amazon Alexa. It could play music, call someone easily just with him saying something, and remind him to take his medications. Since my Nan was working, this was crucial to her peace of mind. If you don’t want to try tech for yourself, try it for your loved ones.
Here’s to life to the fullest,
Tiffany Rubin, Founder/CEO
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