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 nearly 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 almost 800 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
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5 Most Recent ARTICLES:
- The BIG Disruptor in Health Care Reform According to an article by Susan Hall at FierceHealthIT.com, Savvy new players focused on consumer-oriented, technology-enabled innovation are expected to shake up the healthcare industry. Innovative companies drawing from ideas that transformed the retail, technology and telecommunications sectors are poised to siphon off tens of billions of dollars from traditional healthcare’s $2.8 trillion in revenue, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Health Research Institute. (read the entire article) The cited PWC Report says that new entrants are nibbling at the edges of the traditional healthcare ecosystem, but they aren’t all startups. In fact, they include almost half of the Fortune 50 large corporations. There’s obviously a big enough opportunity attracting them, and it’s not “tens of billions” but more like hundreds of billions or trillions of dollars. The list includes Apple, Archer Daniels Midland, AmerisourceBergen, AT&T, Berkshire Hathaway, Cardinal Health, CVS Caremark, General Electric, General Motors, Express Scripts, Ford, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, McKesson, MetLife, Microsoft, Pfizer, Target, UnitedHealth Group, Verizon, Walgreen, Wal-Mart, and WellPoint. Many other ...
- Can Fall Monitoring Technology Keep Elders Safe? By Rein Tideiksaar Ph.D., PA-C The most effective way for elders and/or their caregivers to address the issue of falling is to: First, visit the doctor and find out why a loved one is at risk or why falls are occurring (remember that falls are not normal but may represent an underlying health condition requiring investigation). Second, after fall risk factors and/or causes of falling have been identified, elders and their caregivers can address those risks by taking proper steps to avoid falls. With today’s attention on ‘technologies’, caregivers often ask about available products that can assist in helping to monitor the risk of falling. The following is a summary of the most utilized products. Do I Need to Use Technology? While most elders ‘at risk of falling’ are able to live independent lives at home without technology, there are some individuals that may need additional help. If an elder has any of the following problems, technology may be an option: Have a history of several falls. Unable to get ...
- Are Canes and Walkers Safe? By Rein Tideiksaar Ph.D., PA-C Walking aids (canes and walkers) are commonly used by elders. But are they safe? According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), falls involving walking aids are responsible or an increasing number of serious injuries (broken hip and pelvic bones) and visits to the emergency room. Canes and walkers help elders to maintain their balance and mobility, yet at the same time they can also be a fall hazard. Seems counterintuitive doesn’t it? There are several reasons for this inconsistency. Elders who use canes and walkers may be likely to fall because they are: Using their walking aid incorrectly or have never been instructed on their safe use. Using the wrong type or size walking aid. Using a walking aid that is no longer appropriate or safe; as their health and walking aid needs have changed. To avoid falling with a cane or walker, it’s important to: Choose a cane or walker that suits you in both design and fit. Learn ...
- Meaning And Depth of the Primary Care Crisis This is Part 1 of a Series on The Crisis in Primary Care by Stephen C Schimpff, MD The primary care physician (PCP) should be the backbone of the American healthcare system. But primary care is in crisis – a very serious crisis. The first statement is my considered opinion and I will attempt to convince you of its truth. The second sentence is a simple fact. Accounting for only 5% of all health care expenses, the PCP can largely control the “if and when” of the other 95% and hence can be the one to best affect quality of care and the totality of costs. This crisis limits the effectiveness of the primary care physician such that care quality is nowhere near what it could be or should be and the costs of care have skyrocketed. This crisis is the most pressing and frankly most urgent issue in health care delivery today. Healthcare delivery must be restructured – now – so that everyone but especially ...
- 10 startups to bring digital health to seniors By Stephanie Baum (original on MedCityNews.com) Seniors tend to be marginalized when it comes to digital health. Given the fact that AARP’s membership starts at 5o, its membership base spans a wide range of technical ability, so inevitably some will be left out or feel like they’ve been overlooked. These 10 healthcare startups, which have made the finalist cut for AARP’s Innovation @ 50+ LivePitch, have taken different approaches to practical concerns such as how mobile health apps, services and tracking devices fit into the lives of their users. Among their solutions are apps for caretakers, sensors to track balance and urinary tract infections to catch costly problems early and telepsychology. Apps for caretakers 1. Careticker is almost like a feelgood app for caregivers that focuses on the daily ritual of the role. It helps caregivers manage tasks, gives access to a social network of other caretakers for support and gives incentives for completing tasks. The message to incentivize insurers to cover it is that supporting and ...