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TRENDING NOW: Hearing Aids Getting Smaller, Smarter, and—Soon—Cheaper

Hearing aid technology has undergone dramatic improvements to make the devices smaller and smarter than they used to be. These devices can now connect to a smartphone to not only allow users to make phone calls or receive audio from the phone, but also to interact with the phone to give the user better hearing quality depending on environmental conditions. With advances such as these,...

A Second Life for Isolated Older Adults? A Real-Life Look at Using Virtual Environments for Socializing

Advances in Internet technology have enabled the creation of immersive, realistic 3-D online environments. One of the most popular of these is Second Life, a world that users can explore to find areas and people of interest. Users of Second Life create avatars of themselves, which can then explore this virtual world and interact with other users in the world. Second Life users can...

TRENDING NOW: Senior Living Hails Ride-Sharing Apps for Residents

An increasing number of senior living and aging services organizations are turning to ride hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft as an option for their residents and customers. An executive at Lyft recently stated, “At Lyft we are trying to revolutionize how the senior care industry thinks about transportation and using technology to change these outdated processes.” He describes the...

Motivation Counts: Benefits to Older Adults from Tech Use Depends on Why They Use It

Many potential benefits of information and communication technology (cell phones, social media, fitness trackers, etc.) have been suggested for older adults, but not much is known about how older adults’ motivations for using this technology may affect their well-being. A recent study aimed to find whether there were associations between the motivations of those age 80 and better for...

TRENDING NOW: Health Technology & Overall Technology Use for Older Adults 2011–2014

A recent study in JAMA examined trends in older adults’ technology use from 2011 to 2014, with a particular focus on the use of health technology. This survey of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and better employed a nationally representative sample to get the most accurate overall picture of older adults’ technology use. In terms of overall technology use, 73...

Knocking Down Falls Risks with Virtual Reality

While virtual reality devices are commonly associated with video games, recently researchers found that virtual reality can be used to reduce risks of falls in older adults. When older adults at high risk of falls using a combination of virtual reality and treadmills were compared to a group using treadmills alone, the virtual reality group showed significantly reduced incidence of...

TRENDING NOW: Close-up on Cameras in Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Residents’ Rooms

A recent survey of assisted living and skilled nursing providers examined the use of cameras in residents’ rooms. While the issue of cameras is getting increased attention, 90 percent of respondents reported having never placed a camera in a resident’s room. One quarter of these providers reported that they currently allow family members to place cameras in residents’ rooms. Of...

Phoning It In: Videoconferencing to Improve Dementia Care

Effectively managing the symptoms of residents with dementia can require considerable clinical expertise. Unfortunately, many nursing homes lack access to the specialized expertise that could aid in their efforts. A recent study examined the use of videoconferencing to facilitate greater access for nursing home staff to specialized experts such as geriatricians, psychiatrists, and...

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