The new retirement: Technology

  • Article by: Paul Duncan , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2013 - 9:48 AM

How technology is helping older people live safer, healthier lives

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grandcareAug. 29, 13 3:29 PM

Thanks so much for the article on how enabling technologies are helping individuals to live independently, safely and happily at home. I could not agree with Andy Carle's point of view on the acceptance of technology. When technology makes the quality of life better, it is accepted. When it makes life confusing and difficult, it is not. These are the same folks that went from walking to flying and first put a man on the moon. They are not tech-phobic. We simply need to make the interface and user experience pain free and helpful. As a clarification, the GrandCare System is not an emergency response system and instead relies on a series of activity and telehealth devices to provide an overview of information on a loved one. The caregivers can set parameters to receive specified alert (unusual activity, doesn't get out of bed, didn't access medications, etc.). They can also log in to GrandCare's web portal to add reminders, medication schedules and even video chat directly to the loved one through a simple and intuitive touchscreen appliance in the loved one's home. Thanks again for shedding light on this emerging and innovative industry. Laura Mitchell GrandCare Systems www.grandcare.com 262-338-6147

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