Serving the Sandwich Generation
Modern Health Talk is about solutions for safe, healthy and independent living at home, with resources aimed at 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. The Modern Health Talk website is positioned between Online Support Groups on one end, and Technology Websites at the other. Our blog features over 500 Articles about Telehealth, mHealth, home robots, Universal Design principles, Big Broadband, Good Sleep, the Future of Health Care, and Public Policies addressing the rising costs of providing care. Our Pinterest boards include over 1,000 healthcare infographics. And we believe we have the web’s most extensive list of online Resources. 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.
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
- Inspiring Stories about Individual Use of these Modern Technologies
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5 Most Recent ARTICLES:
- Help Your Parents Avoid ID Theft If your elderly parents spent many years in the working world and invested their funds wisely, chances are they’re sitting on a rather large nest egg and have easy access to much more cash than the average individual. Sadly, identity thieves are banking on it. But that’s not the only reason fraudsters prey on the elderly. The following also play an integral role: Easygoing: The elderly spend their days relaxing or engaging in fun-filled activities that warm their heart. They tend not to be as uptight or extremely busy, which means they’re more open-minded and sometimes gullible, notes Lifelock. Guilt: The elderly often wish to maintain their independence so they shove larger issues, like identity theft, under the rug. Reasoning: if they admit they’ve been victimized, chances are family members may feel intervention is necessary. Vulnerable: Seniors who spend a lot of time alone make the perfect candidates for identity theft if they are desperate for companionship. They are often socially isolated, lonely, tend ...
- On Legacy Writing & The Gift of Remembering by: Jess Hagemann Everyone has a story to share; not just presidents and kings. Preserving your memories is a gift to yourself and everyone who knows you, a gift to which I can personally testify. — Jess EDITOR: I urge you to read this article and preserve your story while you can, because it will mean a lot to your family after you’re gone. This article reminds me of the memories my mom left in a hand-written book, “Grandma was Quite a Girl.” And it reminds me to mention other articles on this site about preserving your legacy. Why One Man Tattooed His Memories on His Body. When director Christopher Nolan released Memento in 2000, the National Institute of Mental Health hailed the film as “a perfect exploration of the neurobiology of memory.” In Memento, protagonist Leonard Shelby suffers from anterograde amnesia, or the inability to create new memories following a trauma. (That is, Leonard’s short-term memory is completely shot, while his long-term memory remains intact). To ...
- Most Americans Eager to Use Digital Health Tools According to the Fifth Annual “Pulse of Online Health” Survey, 66% of Americans are eager to leverage digital tools to manage personal health. Today’s Wired Patient – This infographic from Makovsky Health survey shows that, from online search to wearables, technology is changing patient-focused healthcare every step of the way. This year’s survey reveals consumer readiness to leverage health apps and wearable devices to improve their personal health, and to disclose online personal health data as a path to improved treatment options, trust and quality of health information were cited as important factors in selecting online health sources. “Smartphones and wearables are driving a major behavioral shift in consumer health and wellness,” said Gil Bashe, executive vice president, Makovsky Health. Consumers eager to leverage technology for better health Top interests when downloading and using mobile health apps reflect proactive desires for informative, functional and interactive programs: Tracking diet/nutrition (47%), Medication reminders (46%), Tracking symptoms (45%), and Tracking physical activity ...
- Make it Possible – about overcoming disabilities I’m always inspired by pioneering tech ideas that help people overcome physical or mental disabilities, so the videos that follow caught my attention. They’re about EyeWriter and BrainWriter, which use eye movements and brainwaves to help people with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease). ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causes loss of muscle control, including the ability to breathe, and thus leads to early death. The famous theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, has helped to bring attention to the disease and what can be done with a severe disability by beating the odds and living past age 70. Don Moir: ALS patient, husband, and father In the video below, watch Don write a love letter to his wife and audibly say “I love you, Lorraine” for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a digital solution by the Not Impossible team, Speak Your Mind Foundation and HP’s #BendTheRules. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtSCemhpIWk Not Impossible’s Mick Ebeling Introduces ...
- Sleep Deficiency – a Public Health Epidemic By Wayne Caswell, founder of Modern Health Talk and cofounder of Intelligent Sleep According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 70 million American workers suffer from chronic sleep problems, and researchers have associated their insufficient sleep with increased risks of inflammation, obesity, diabetes, depression, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and early death. That’s why the CDC has labeled sleep deficiency “a public health epidemic.” Just as important are the positive benefits that getting good sleep provides. It helps improve alertness, attention, concentration, creativity, decision-making, driver safety, energy, focus, judgment, mood, reaction & recovery times, stamina, and working memory. These are all attributes of good performance at school, work and in sports, and who doesn’t want to make better grades, advance their career, or excel in athletics? The problem is that our culture once looked upon sleep as a waste of time, but it’s now becoming clear just how essential sleep is to living healthy, happy and productive lives. During deep, ...