New Takes on Caregiving

by Louis on May 16, 2016

Caregiving is like, all the rage now. AARP, startup businesses, technology and the press are all over it. There is no question caregiving is a serious and important issue. The value of family and informal caregiving is estimated at $470 billion dollars per year. Try adding that to the federal budget! It is imperative we take every advantage of that gift. On the other hand, paid caregivers are too often treated and paid poorly. We must fix that. But so much of this is just recycling the same old same old. Are there any new thoughts, perspectives? Can we get a different take on caregiving?

Of course there are bright new ideas. Three new ideas I know are from Jenn Chan of the Senior Shower Project, Diane Ty from Georgetown University and Jane Wolf Waterman from Parenting our Parents. It is easy to learn from the links so I will only write brief intros.Continue Reading New Takes on Caregiving

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Crossing Silos – Aging in Place, Medical Equipment, Policy

May 2, 2016
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Aging is complex. Organizing across silos of government and industries is the secret innovation sauce needed to create systems that engage that complexity. Ignoring the complexity, wishing it isn’t true and isolated tweaks to the unsystematic legacy of the shrinking government long term care safety net are not going to cut it. We need a… Continue Reading Crossing Silos – Aging in Place, Medical Equipment, Policy

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Provocateurs?

April 22, 2016
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If we are going to have disruption we must have provocateurs. We need people with the courage to challenge us to look really hard at the realities around us, the status quo of our institutions and solutions and how we can achieve alignment. Kathryn Lawler and Ken Dychtwald fit this description. Ms. Lawler may not… Continue Reading Provocateurs?

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How is Aging in Place like Tesla?

April 8, 2016
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Tesla is making news…again! I can’t help being impressed by Elon Musk. He is a visionary, a manager, knows his way around technology, engineering, innovation, marketing and government incentives. The video introducing the Model 3 speaks loudly about leverage. Technology, human, finance. Musk consistently makes more by leverage. We should take all the advice we… Continue Reading How is Aging in Place like Tesla?

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Matthias Hollwich’s book getting good coverage —WHY?

April 6, 2016
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Matthias Hollwich’s  book, NEW AGING is getting lots of good coverage. My friends send me the NPR link many times a day. WHY? Because it is a really creative AND wonderfully novel approach to the the issues, the topic and the delivery. Matthias is a very sweet, thoughtful and creative guy. He is outside the… Continue Reading Matthias Hollwich’s book getting good coverage —WHY?

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How Aging in Place is Different?

March 18, 2016
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Aging in Place might be called present time planning. This idea came from a nearly mind blowing conversation with Barb Stucki last week. She explained how the current discussion to fix long term care financing impedes efforts to seek better solutions to housing and care issues. Three recent reports from respected aging issues sources, summarized… Continue Reading How Aging in Place is Different?

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How is Aging in Place like Carry-Out?

March 16, 2016
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What? Think of it this way. Restaurant sales seem limited by the number of seats in the dining room. Some take reservations or ask people to stand in line. But any good restaurant turns people away every day. The seat limit is often far below kitchen capacity. Carry out gets more from the kitchen without… Continue Reading How is Aging in Place like Carry-Out?

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How is Aging in Place like UBER?

March 14, 2016
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Of course this is a good question. If we show how Aging in Place is like UBER we should get energy and investment behind aging in place because it should take off like UBER. I am not sure I had an answer before I heard Robin Chase, the co-founder of ZIPcar, speak at the Business… Continue Reading How is Aging in Place like UBER?

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Technology for Aging in Place Market Overview

March 4, 2016
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Laurie Orlov has been covering Technology for Aging in Place faithfully for many years already. She knows her stuff. She doesn’t mince words, play favorites or exaggerate. Straight stuff. The latest, Market Overview 2016, is excellent. It’s free but worth a lot. Read it.

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Sanders: Aging-in-Place is ‘Civil Rights Issue’

February 18, 2016
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Senior issues haven’t gotten the attention they deserve in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Judging from how many candidates appeared at a recent forum on the topic, he may be right. Attendees got a taste of two candidates’ views on seniors issues at Seniors Decide 2016…”

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