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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.
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Modern Health is a confluence of innovations and trends addressing the rising costs of medical care as our population ages, including:
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- Remote Monitoring of Medical & Environmental Sensors
- Innovative Technologies and new In-home Medical Devices
- Assistance Devices that Overcome Disabilities
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- Movies about the Future of Health Care? What movies do you think create the best vision of the future of health care? And what scene is particularly memorable with great foresight? Please comment. Here’s a list of Movies about the Future of Health Care compiled by Modern Health Talk: “Wall-E” is a warm-hearted commentary on environmental pollution that portrays future humans as super-obese couch potatoes living in a robot & technology dominated world. “Robot and Frank” shows the challenges and benefits of companion robots for the elderly who don’t warm easily to technology. “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue America’s Healthcare” can be described as “An Inconvenient Truth” for the healthcare debate. “The Corporation” is a complex and sobering yet darkly amusing video documentary about the corporation’s inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. “The Weight of the Nation” is a four-part HBO documentary about America’s uphill battle with obesity. “The Waiting Room” is like a punch to the gut for people cast off and left out of our U.S. medical care system, ...
- Helping Seniors Master Computers Helping Seniors Master Computers is a guest article by James Owens with many added comments by the editor. A Pew Internet survey shows that 53 percent of people over 65 are now online. Only a third of these adults actually use social media, with email being their preferred way to communicate. EDITOR: The oldest age group in most market research, including the Pew survey, is 65+, but what about the “real” seniors 75+ or 85+? They are far less likely to use technology and will need more help getting started, according to this article by Laurie Orlov. With some support, your senior friends and family members could be using their computers for a whole lot more. These suggestions will get you thinking of ways you can help them branch out with new computer skills: Show the Benefits of Computer Skills The seniors in your life may not know what a computer is good for. In a time of their lives when they don’t need one ...
- The Underestimated Caregiver Burden By Henry Moss (original at American Society on Aging) Caregiver burden is emotional and subjective. We try to measure it by looking at rates of depression and anxiety disorders in the caregiver population, and at the seriousness of these disorders. We know the highest rates of emotional burden and the deepest levels of depression are felt by caregivers who experience entrapment—a sense of powerlessness, aloneness and suffering associated with long periods of caregiving for the most difficult elders, especially those with dementia. We are aware of the many studies showing how excess stress and emotional burden can impact a caregiver’s health, finances and family life, creating even more anxiety and depression. We already know that the 45- to 64-year-old population will grow only 1 percent between 2010 and 2030, while the age 80 and older baby boomer population increases by 79 percent. As the age 80 and older baby boomer cohort grows, the number of family caregivers available to assist them drops dramatically, ...
- 5 Things You Should Be Doing Before Bed By Sandy Getzky Not getting enough rest? If your mind has trouble settling down at night, you can easily end up tossing and turning instead of getting much needed sleep. Instead of worrying about an argument you had with a co-worker or what to do about that stubborn nail fungus problem, focus on helping your mind calm down for the night. Here are five things you should do before you go to bed each night. 1. Stay Away From Electronics Spend a couple hours before bedtime with a good book instead of staring at your TV, phone or laptop screen. These electronic items can be very distracting and stimulate your brain. The light from the screen can also make it more difficult for your brain to enter sleep mode. In addition to avoiding screen time, keep the lights in your bedroom or living room dim. 2. Meditate Meditation can help calm your mind before bedtime. Spend 10 or 15 minutes doing a simple meditation or ...
- 5 mHealth Tech Trends to Shape Industry By Snookie Lioncourt With continuous advancements in technology, more and more innovative solutions have been invented to facilitate global healthcare delivery services. These include a number of medical and healthcare mobile applications, remote Caregiving tools, assistive wearable devices for elderly and disabled patients, live mobile pulse monitoring systems, and emergency response GPS trackers. So, what do all of these innovations portend for 2014 and onwards? In 5 mHealth Tech Trends to Shape Industry, we’ll take a closer look at five significant technological trends this year that will vehemently shape the future of the mobile health (mHealth) industry. 1. The Rise Of Smart Sensors Will Help Elderly Patient Care Smart sensors that can track activities, routines, and locations of elderly people at home and in assisted living facilities will become mainstream, as the “aging-in-place” sector of the healthcare industry grows. This will prompt manufacturers to come up with affordable products and mobility solutions with smart sensors that can be leveraged in emergency response systems. ...