Smartstones and Aging 2.0 on CNBC

Smartstones was featured in CNBC, in an article entitled "Top VCs target $7 trillion senior-care market." Here is an excerpt from the article about Smartstones:

[via CNBC] The wearable technology start-up Smartstones also turned to Aging 2.0 for accelerator help. Smartstones, about the size of a river rock, are packed with sensors that can communicate messages through taps or swipes that can help people with disabilities communicate better. The start-up wanted to be part of the Aging 2.0 community to connect with more customers, said Andreas Forsland, founder of Smartstones. Aging 2.0 helped Smartstones connect with key distributors, influencers and customers, he said.

"The aging market is very complicated," he continued. "And there's a lot of government regulation on XYZ. But Aging 2.0 helped with understanding the market." Forsland said that transforming senior care is challenging. "There's a lot of complacency," he explained. "And the attitude is that if it isn't broken, don't fix it."

Future seniors will be more demanding about senior care, Forsland said, adding that if care facilities don't try to be more innovative, their pipeline will dry up. 

Read the full article here on CNBC:

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/10/12/top-vcs-target-7-trillion-senior-care-market.html

 

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Smartstones® Featured In Kiplingers' September Retirement Report

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Check out this article featuring Smartstones® Touch™ from Kiplinger's Retirement Report, released this month. 

http://www.kiplinger.com/article/business/T057-C000-S004-young-entrepreneurs-fill-need-in-senior-market.html

A small excerpt below:

 
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You can subscribe to Kiplinger's Retirement Report and access the full report here:

https://www.kiplinger.com/store/krr/


Do you have a senior relative you want to stay connected to? Preorder your Smartstones® Touch™ today for 20% off!

How Smartstones Touch compares to traditional alternative and augmentative communication solutions

How Smartstones Touch compares to traditional alternative and augmentative communication solutions

Comparing Smartstones Touch with AAC devices that increase communication in kids with ASD.

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Unpaid Caregiving Valued at $522 Billion Annually

A new study from the Rand Corporation, which aimed to discover the cost of informal caregiving in the United States by family and friends, which, the study found, is the number one source of long term eldercare. Here are some of their key findings:

  • Family members and friends spend an estimated 30 billion hours each year caring for the elderly.
  • The annual cost of this informal caregiving—measured by estimating income lost during the time that unpaid caregivers spend on eldercare—is $522 billion.
  • Replacing informal care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion a year; replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion a year.

To put this mind-bogglingly large amount of money in context, $522 billion would buy you a fleet of 1,711 Airbus A380 jumbo jets, at $305 million a piece. 

 

To read the full Rand Corp. report: 

http://www.rand.org/news/press/2014/10/27.html

 

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Inside the Innovative Dutch 'Dementia Village'

Just 10 miles outside of Amsterdam, Hogewey Village is like any other small Dutch town, except that every single resident has severe dementia.

Residents are free to explore within the confines of the village, but Hogewey's only exit, a pair of double glass doors, is staffed 24/7 to ensure no resident wanders away.

                      Hogewey's fully enclosed design ensures that no resident can wander too far.

                     Hogewey's fully enclosed design ensures that no resident can wander too far.

Within the village, every shop, from the theater to the grocery store, is staffed by professional caregivers, who are trained to help dementia patients.

The most innovative thing about Hogewey is that it provides a sense of normalcy for the residents. Each living unit is designed with the residents in mind, to provide an atmosphere that is "reminiscent of their formative years. "

With 250 staff members in Hogewey, the goal is to make the experience feel as real as possible, but if asked directly, staff members will not lie to residents, telling them they are in a special place suited for their needs.

Otherwise, staff wear plain clothes and act as neighbors, carers, or even servants, depending on what the resident is familiar with. 

At Hogewey, says Yvonne van Amerongen, one of Hogewey's founders. "We have Dutch design, Dutch cultures, Dutch lifestyles, but the concept is to value the person, the individual... to support them to live their life as usual, and you can do that anywhere."

Dementia Village Architects, the designers of Hogewey's revolutionary facility, are not stopping in Holland. Plans for contruction of a similar facility in the USA have already begun, as the Mahal Cielo Village in San Luis Obispo, CA takes form.  

Find out more about Hogewey's innovative dementia care strategy at:

http://hogeweyk.dementiavillage.com/en/

and the new project in San Luis Obispo at:

http://mahalcielovillage.com/

 

 

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November is National Family Caregivers Month!

November marks the celebration and appreciation of all unpaid family caregivers, nearly 66 million of them in the US alone, caring for either an aging, disabled, or otherwise infirm  family member. 

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When it comes to family dynamics, caregiving is the norm,” says Bob Jackson, state director of AARP Texas, which represents more than 2 million Texans age 50 and older. “If you’re not a caregiver now, you were one in the past, or you’ll likely be one in the future. This silent army of unsung heroes helps their older loved ones to live independently, with dignity, each and every day.”

This month, take a moment to appreciate family caregivers, who provide hundreds of billions of dollars in unpaid care, and suffer many physical and mental ailments as a result of the care they provide to others.

AARP has created a website in honor of the holiday, providing a board for caregivers to share their stories, experiences, and hardships.

You can read these stories, or submit your own story at: https://act.aarp.org/iheartcaregivers/

 

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How To Care for Dementia Patients

Aside from causing major stress, caregiving can be overwhelming for many reasons, and caregivers often feel unprepared for the stressful situations they are forced into on a daily basis.

Luckily, alz.org has a handy guide for new and in-experienced caregivers. The guide can be broken down into four sections:

 

1. Get moving

2. See the doctor

3. Eat well

4. Tips to cope

 

You can see some tips on coping below, but the full guide, and much more information for caregivers and patients is available at :

http://alz.org/being-a-health-caregiver.asp

 

FIVE TIPS TO HELP YOU COPE

  • Manage your level of stress.
    Consider how stress affects your body (stomach aches, high blood pressure) — and your emotions (overeating, irritability). Find ways to relax.

  • Be realistic.
    The care you give does make a difference, but many behaviors can't be controlled. Grieve the losses, focus on positive times as they arise, and enjoy good memories.

  • Give yourself credit, not guilt.
    It's normal to lose patience or feel like your care may fall short sometimes. You're doing the best you can.

  • Take a break.
    It's normal to need a break from caregiving duties. No one can do it all by themselves. Look into respite care to allow time to take care of yourself.

  • Accept changes.
    Eventually your loved one will need more intensive kinds of care. Research care options now so you are ready for the changes as they occur.

How To Spot and Alleviate Caregiver Stress

  • Did you know? There are 65.7 million caregivers, 29% of the U.S. adult population, providing care to someone who is ill, disabled or aging. 

Are you experiencing anger, frustration, or depression? Do you care for a loved one? Chances are, you've got a case of caregiver stress.

Caregiversupport.org has compiled a list of symptoms to look for in identifying caregiver stress, including feelings of anxiety, worrying, exhaustion, and sleeplessness. Caring for a loved one with limited mobility can be extremely demanding, causing damaging stress to the body and mind of the caregiver.

Check out caregiversupport.org at the link below, for help diagnosing caregiver stress, and tips on how to reduce your stress levels.

http://www.caregiversupport.org/caregiver_stress.cfm