Category: Technology

ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit

Posted by Dr. El - July 18, 2017 - Business Strategies, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Technology
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Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ElderTech: Ideas from a tech exhibit I was at the nursing station the other day when some unusual cracking noises caused me to look up from my documentation. A very old, petite lady was sitting in her wheelchair popping bubble wrap. She wore th e same […]

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Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event

Posted by Dr. El - March 31, 2017 - Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Enthusiasm and ingenious inventions at the NYC Aging2.0 Global Startup Pitch Event Perhaps, like me, you’ve heard of Aging2.0 but hadn’t had the opportunity to attend one of their events. When I discovered that they were holding a pitch session a subway ride away from my […]

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Bicycle Riding for Residents (video)

Posted by Dr. El - September 21, 2016 - Depression/Mental illness/Substance Abuse, For Fun, Inspiration, Something Good About Nursing Homes, Technology

Adaptive tandem bicycles allow residents the pleasure of riding a bike and feeling the breeze through their hair. As John Brunow of All Ability Cycles puts it in the video below, an adaptive bicycle event triggers reminiscence, stimulates appetites, and reduces depression. Sounds like a win, win, win to me!

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‘Healthwear’ and other culture changes

Posted by Dr. El - August 2, 2016 - Customer service, For Fun, Inspiration, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: ‘Healthwear’ and other culture changes My mother has a knack for taking something awkward and, as she puts it, “turning it into a feature.” For example, the previous owners of our family home placed the living room couch in front of a protruding radiator so that […]

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NYTimes: Fashion’s Newest Frontier: The Disabled and the Displaced

Posted by Dr. El - July 21, 2016 - Resident care, Technology, Tips for gifts, visits

In Fashion’s Newest Frontier: The Disabled and the Displaced, author Vanessa Friedman writes about clothing for people with disabilities, referred to as “healthwear.” Among the items now available are Magnaready‘s clothes with magnetic closures rather than difficult-to-manage buttons, and shirts by Care + Wear designed for people with medical ports so that they can stay […]

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Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit

Posted by Dr. El - April 27, 2016 - For Fun, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Motivating staff, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Dr. El tries on the Genworth aging suit I’d read about the Genworth R70i Aging Experience and when I discovered the exhibit was making a brief appearance near me at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey, I headed over with my 9-year old assistant to […]

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McKnight’s Online Expo, FREE, March 29th and 30th 2016

Posted by Dr. El - March 28, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Technology

Once again, McKnight’s will host its annual online expo, which is a chance to attend a conference without leaving your desk. Register for the conference in advance, and then log in to hear the talks, visit the vendors, and chat with the reps and attendees. This year’s topics are: PAYMENT: MDS 3.0 Update: Get ready […]

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Using light to improve sleep, reduce agitation

Posted by Dr. El - March 16, 2016 - McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Psychology Research Translated, Resident care, Technology, Videos

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: Using light to improve sleep, reduce agitation Poor sleep, reversed sleep/wake cycles, depression and falls are common problems in older adults. In addition, elders with dementia frequently experience late afternoon agitation, or “sundowning.” Because our residents live in a communal environment, a single individual’s agitation or […]

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‘Just a picture of her butt’ — an analysis

Posted by Dr. El - February 16, 2016 - Business Strategies, Communication, Customer service, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Resident care, Technology

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News:  ‘Just a picture of her butt’ — an analysis In “A potential lawsuit in every worker’s pockets?”, McKnight’s Editorial Director John O’Connor describes two of many recent incidents of long-term care workers using their cell phones to record residents in embarrassing situations and post the photo […]

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NYTimes: To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them

Posted by Dr. El - October 23, 2015 - Technology

In To Reach Seniors, Tech Start-Ups Must First Relate to Them, Paula Span discusses the need to create “silvertech” based on what seniors really want, need and are able to use, rather than what younger people devise without consulting them. In my experience in nursing homes and rehabs, residents would appreciate devices that help them to […]

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