Comparing Aging-in-Place vs. Assisted Living

Q. My father passed away last year, and my mother has lived alone ever since. Her colonial-style home is becoming difficult to navigate due to her mobility issues. She has fallen several times and we are worried about her.  She … [Read more...]

CMS Issues Final Rules for Home Health Agencies and Patients’ Rights

  Bill is considering bringing in a home health aide to help with his mother, Nancy, who has limited mobility from Parkinson’s disease. He was a little hesitant at first, because he was concerned about quality of care. He has … [Read more...]

Laser Shoes, Magic Carpets, & More: Technology to Combat Falls

Q. My parents are snowbirds. Every spring, I pick them up at the Lorton Auto Train and drop them off at their home, and in November, they go back to Florida for the winter. My father has had Parkinson’s for almost 20 years now, … [Read more...]

Blue Zones: Hotspots of Health, Vitality, and Longevity

Moai Walking Group at Blue Zone in MN. Image source: AARP Q. My 78-year-old sister, Alberta (Bertie), lives alone with her 7-year old West Highland White Terrier, Hallie. Bertie makes healthy choices, has a great group of … [Read more...]

Exciting Age-in-Place Technology from the 2015 mHealth Summit in DC

In Touch Health Robot When loved ones are living independently and you can't be there all the time, you often worry about their safety and well-being. You may wonder if they are eating often enough, taking their medications, … [Read more...]

New Law Helps More People Live Independently

Q. My widowed 82-year-old mother lives in the home she has owned for more than 60 years. She is legally blind, and has severe arthritis and diabetes, but she insists on staying in her home for now. In my opinion, in order for her … [Read more...]

New Models of Support for Aging in Place

Most American seniors choose to live independently as long as possible, while maintaining strong relationships with family and friends. A major concern, however, is access to the support and services they need. There is a growing … [Read more...]

Amazing Technology to Age-in-Place (But Mom is Reluctant)

AliveCor Mobile ECG Q. My mother-in-law, Veronica, who is in her 70's, shys away from anything that involves technology. She refuses to carry a cell phone, try an iPad, or send an email. My children would love to Skype with … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: When Should I Hire Home Care for a Parent?

Dear Angel, My parents live in a condominium in a senior community, 100 miles away from me. My father had a stroke last year, and is having trouble getting around, bathing, and dressing. My mother has her own issues, having had … [Read more...]

Appliances That Speak to Each Other, and Other Incredible Aging-in-Place Technology

Robear Robot When Carol's mother, Eleanor, had a stroke a few years back, she and her husband moved in with her. Eleanor was not very steady on her feet, and surfed the furniture to get around. Carol and her husband were always … [Read more...]