Serving the Sandwich Generation
Modern Health Talk is about TECHNOLOGIES for safe & healthy living at home. We’re passionate about Good Sleep, Big Broadband, mHealth, Universal Design principles, connecting people with solutions for independent living, and addressing the rising costs of care through health reform.
Our target audience is the empty-nested baby boomer whose time is split between her adult children (and grandchildren) and her elderly parents, often as an unpaid caretaker, motivated by love, duty, and a need to preserve family assets. This growing demographic also has a new appreciation of their own mortality.
We know already that you’re relatively affluent & tech savvy, because you found us online and are likely looking for ways for you or a loved one to stay safe, healthy & happy at home as long as possible. You may also be looking to downsize or remodel a home and value features that will help you to stay there and age-in-place.
The Modern Health Talk community is positioned between Online Support Groups and Technology Websites. Our blog features hundreds of useful Articles, and we have the web’s most extensive list of online Resources.
Modern Health is a confluence of innovations and trends addressing the rising costs of medical care as our population ages, including:
- Reforms to Medical Care Delivery & Payment Systems and the Laws Regulating Them
- Prevention through Health & Wellness
- Personal & Electronic Medical and Health Records
- Mobile Apps and on-the-go access to Health Info & Services
- Remote Monitoring of Medical & Environmental Sensors
- Innovative Technologies and new In-home Medical Devices
- Assistance Devices that Overcome Disabilities
- Universal Design in Products & Homes that work well for Everyone
- Patients Connecting Online with their Family, Caregivers & Doctors
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5 Most Recent ARTICLES:
- Johnson & Johnson Fined, but Admits No Guilt Comedian commentator Jon Stewart aired a segment about corporate malfeasance on The Daily Show last night and joked about the relative lack of accountability, comparing the Corporation to People but showing how people are punished much more severely. Besides several Wall Street examples, there was Johnson & Johnson. In one of the largest health care fraud settlements in U.S. history, Johnson & Johnson will pay $2.2 billion to end civil and criminal investigations into kickbacks to pharmacists and the marketing of pharmaceuticals for off-label uses, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said on Monday. (Reuters) You’d think that bribing doctors and pharmacies to prescribe drugs for the elderly, disabled and children, despite known health risks, would justify more severe punishment, especially since the $2.2 billion for the company is less than two weeks of revenue and an acceptable cost of doing business. It’s hardly a deterrent. So, “is anybody going to jail,” you ask? NO! That, apparently, is the power of extreme wealth. Segment 1 – ...
- Broadening our Perspective on Health & Wellness Dr. David Nash wrote an interesting article on KevinMD.com, noting ”an unprecedented groundswell of interest in health and wellness — and the corresponding emergence of a Wellbeing Economy.” He described the Wellbeing Economy as accounting for “the health, social, and economic factors that affect the wellbeing of individuals, countries, and the world we live in.” Examples included wellness programs in corporations and insurance plans, new university classes & degree programs stressing wellness, new research & technology developments, public sector policies on the federal & state level, and changes in health care delivery that includes wellness programs in retail clinics. But Nash did not mention the relationship between Sleep and Wellness, so I added the following comment. My Comment In addition to the increased public awareness of the importance of Health, Fitness, Wellbeing and Prevention, there is an increasing awareness of the positive effects of Restorative Sleep. Per CDC, 30% of the workforce is sleep deprived, sleeping less than 6hrs per night when 7-9hrs is recommended (Short Sleep). ...
- Saving while Helping your Kids & Parents By Lucy Stewart, a financial counselor for families looking to get out of debt Forty-eight percent of middle-age adults provided support to their adult children in 2012, which is up from 42 percent in 2005, according to PewSocialTrends.org. Also up is the financial support they provide their aging parents: 21 percent said they provided some financial support to a parent age 65 or older in 2012, up from 19 percent seven years earlier. Offering financial support to your adult children and 65+ parents does not mean that you give up your own financial plans and dreams. Family is family, but sacrificing your personal well-being won’t benefit anyone. Look for ways to cut expenses and create streams of income, and don’t assume you have to do this alone. Reduce College Expenses Your college-age child can’t afford to live on campus on their part-time salary, and one of your conditions for support during this tough time might mean giving up some things he or she cherishes, like ...
- Tech Adoption by Real Seniors, 75+ Who knows technology adoption of the real seniors — aged 75+? By Laurie Orlov, Industry Analyst, Aging in Place Technology Watch Accenture exaggerates wildly — but what should we think? Rant on Market research firm, Accenture, seeing a void of ‘information’ to use to gain new clients, put out an obfuscating headline in a press release last week that precipitates pause. More than pause — the need for a willing suspension of disbelief: Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage their Health. To generate that headline, they surveyed 9015 adults internationally, including the US — and, get this, of those, they included 200 aged 65+ Medicare recipients. Of course, 2 percent of the survey responders is what led some PR genius at Accenture to grab attention with that headline. EDITOR: I noticed the same thing last month when I spoke to 40-some seniors in a very nice Assisted Living facility here in Austin. The talk was on “Moore’s Law and the Future of Healthcare”and looked 30-40 years ...
- Can Insurers Force Better Care at Lower Cost? FierceHealthPayer.com recently published an article that looked at successful strategies to improve health care and lower costs. It mentioned bundled payments, global payments, and accountable care organizations. But that’s as far as it went, so I added the following response to show other ways that the ACA and changes to the healthcare Payment system can disrupt the Deliver system. The ACA health exchanges are forcing new competition among insurers, causing them to become more innovative and to force new competition onto the health delivery system too. New Model — The biggest cost savings can come from moving from Sick Care & Disease Management to Health Care & Wellness to prevent much of the need for medical care. Insurers started developing wellness programs for their self-insurers corporate clients to improve worker productivity, and with new ACA incentives they’re starting to promote wellness among individual consumers too. Changing the health delivery model is important, because new doctors from their first day in medical school learn how to recognize ...