Category Archives: Senior Living at Home

Ambient Assisted Living: The Future of Seniors’ Independence

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If robots are to be useful beyond doing domestic chores, they will need to be able to distinguish between normal and abnormal conditions in the home environment, and recognize and act to ameliorate adverse health and safety conditions without supervision. So they will need to monitor and communicate as well as act. To accomplish the goal of enhancing independent living, robots will need to become caretakers for their charges.
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Scams that Target Seniors

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Scams can target anyone, and they do, but seniors seem to be targeted more. This article explores various types of scams that target seniors — especially elderly seniors — and gives specific advice to protect against them.
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New Technologies Make Life Easier for Seniors at Home

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Just as advances in technology have contributed to a higher standard of living and made life easier for all Americans, such advances have enabled seniors to live better and safer as they productively “age in place” — that is, enjoy retirement in their own homes.
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Home Improvements Help Seniors Live Independently

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Inexpensive home improvements and adaptations can enhance seniors’ independent living. Changing faucet handles and doorknobs and adding bathroom grab bars and stair railings are some of the least-expensive improvements that pay off in enhanced convenience, confidence and/or safety. More extensive renovations, like widening doorways, adding exterior ramps, and adapting kitchens for wheelchair use, while not inexpensive, can make a huge difference in a senior’s ability to live happily and independently.
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Assistive Technologies Help Seniors Live at Home

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Assistive or adaptive technologies help people perform tasks they would find difficult or impossible to do without the aid of the technology. They make it possible for older, infirm and disabled seniors to live at home, sometimes independently, while helping their caregivers – even those living at a distance – to cope with the elders’ needs.
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Communications Technology Keeps Seniors in Touch

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Being connected has long been an integral part of the Boomers’ lifestyle. Their iPhones, BlackBerries, Droids and Skype accounts help them stay in touch with family, friends and business contacts. This article looks at communications technologies that support independent living of seniors, primarily cellphones, computers, various types of hybrid devices, and web-based communication applications.
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Retirees Enjoy a Choice of Living Styles

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Retirees are finding a broad range of choices in location and living style. Typically they are not settling down but, healthy and active, are setting out to enjoy new experiences.
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Aging in Place: Seniors Choose Independent Living

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“Aging in place” is the new catchword of both boomers and their aging parents who want to remain living independetly in their homes after retirement. This often involves adapting their current home through senior-friendly home improvements or remodeling or making use of assistive technologies.
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Home Monitoring Aids and Medical Alert Systems

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Children of seniors are often concerned that their elders, especially those who live alone, may have an accident or health emergency and will not be able to act for themselves to summon help. There are several types of aids that can help in such situations. These so-called personal emergency response systems (PERS) fall into three main categories of products and services.
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