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
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- Personal & Electronic Medical and Health Records
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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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- Patients Connecting Online with their Family, Caregivers & Doctors
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5 Most Recent ARTICLES:
- Caretakers harness the Internet of Things What Caretakers Can Do RIGHT NOW to Harness the Power of the Internet of Things By Beth Kelly Social technology and home automation have moved upstream. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, nearly one-third of seniors own a tablet or e-book reader. Almost 50 percent of seniors own high-speed Internet access and browse the Web at least 3-5 times per week. These typing, Skyping, texting seniors are the next beneficiaries of the Internet of things (IoT), the growing network of WiFi-enabled appliances, wearable sensors, automated security systems and other connected devices. For instance, researchers at UCLA are investigating how to use WearSens, a piezoelectric necklace, to remotely monitor breathing patterns of recovering surgery patients. BrainAid offers the PEAT smartphone app to help seniors with memory loss live independently with scheduling assistance. The revolution is now. Here’s how to get involved. Give Your Stove a Mind of Its Own Two things should never be left unattended: fires and politicians. CookStop addresses the ...
- The End of Moore’s Law? Don’t Bet on it. In Moore’s Law and The Future of Health Care, I offer a vision of healthcare based on exponential advancements in tech innovation as described by Gordon Moore. Moore is an Intel cofounder and is credited with observing that computer circuits have shrunk in size and doubling in compute capacity every two years. Moore’s Law is what drives down costs & size, but that logarithmic trend is not easy to grasp. So let’s look at two analogies explaining a 60,000 improvement in cost and 90,000 improvement in speed since Intel started tracking computer chips in the 1960’s. COST — If the price of cars and gas improved exponentially at the same rate as computer chips, we’d be able to buy a new car for about 8-cents today and would only spend 2-cents per year on gas. At that rate, cars would be disposable, and we might just buy a new one for each trip, as a fashion accessory matched to our outfit. SPEED — If the speed of air travel ...
- Sleep Statistics from Sleepless in America By Wayne Caswell, Intelligent Sleep and founder of Modern Health Talk This last Sunday, I watched “Sleepless in America,” a 2-hour documentary on the National Geographic channel, and I captured some of its powerful statistics and blended them with my own, forming the basis of today’s article. But first, here’s the 3-min trailer. Additional short video segments are included below, along with a related infographic, and if the full length video gets posted, I’ll include it too. Sleep Statistics How much sleep do we Need? Every species studied to date (plant or animal) needs sleep. Human Infants need 16 hours/day Children ages 5-12 need 10-11 hours/night Teens need 8-10 hours Adults need 7-9 hours Seniors need 6-8 hours How much sleep do we Get? 2 hours — Americans sleep this much less than we did 50 150 years ago. 40% of all adults sleep less than 7 hours. (Actually most sleep less than 7 hrs Mon-Fri.) >40% of night shift workers sleep less than 6 hours. 30% of all adult workers get less than 6 hours. (CDC, 2012) 70% of adolescents ...
- White House Healthy Aging Policy Brief Healthy Aging Policy Brief By White House Conference on Aging staff, 4/10/2015 Older Americans are calling for a shift in the way we think and talk about aging. Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging. Older adults are seeking ways to maximize their physical, mental, and social well-being to remain independent and active as they age. Healthy aging means living a long, productive, meaningful life and enjoying a high quality of life. Research has shown that older adults who adopt healthy behaviors, use preventive health services, and are involved with their family, friends, and communities, are healthier and more independent. Remembering that we are essentially the same people we were at our physical and productive peaks, just somewhat adjusted to accommodate the years, allows us to visualize lives of possibility with an overlay of wisdom. (Molly D., Georgia) Americans are living longer and better than ever before thanks to major medical ...
- Is your House making you Sick? Ideally, your home is a calm and quiet place of refuge, where you can seek solace and relax from the real world and just enjoy its tranquil beauty. Of course, it might be hard to enjoy a peaceful home when every few minutes you are sneezing, wheezing or coughing. While you might initially attribute these symptoms to whatever bug happens to be going around; however, if they persist despite medical intervention and plenty of chicken soup — or if you feel better once you are at work or out running errands — it might be time to take a hard look at your house as the culprit. The following home issues might be the cause of your troubling symptoms: Formaldehyde You might associate this chemical with dissecting frogs in biology class, because formaldehyde is a strong embalming agent used to preserve them in jars. It can also be used to kill bacteria and fungi (including their spores) and has been used to make other chemicals and different types ...