Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Power of Attorney

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Caring for an elderly parent can be draining both emotionally and physically. Many times, adults are taking care of their elderly parent or parents while still trying to raise their own children.

As the parent becomes less independent and unable to care for his or her own needs, it becomes clear that you will have to take the needed steps to ensure that legal, personal, medical and financial interests are protected. One way to do this is to get a power of attorney drawn up so that you or someone you trust can act on your elderly parent’s behalf to make decisions that he or she can no longer make independently.

This is not an easy thing for an elderly parent or the child of the elderly parent. So it is very important to involve the parent in the preparations as much as possible. This leaves the parent feeling less helpless or left out of the process. Honor the parents’ wishes when possible; however, do realize that you are entrusted to act in your parent’s best interest even if the parent disagrees with you. It is also not a good idea to rely on those generic self-help legal software programs. For a delicate matter such as this, an experienced attorney to help decide what needs to be done is the better option. There are many factors that come into play with issues such as a power of attorney such as the present and long-term medical condition of the parent as well as their own personal wishes for how affairs are to be handled. Moreover, do not pressure your elderly parent into making life-changing decisions, especially when he or she is tired, hungry, restless or upset. Choose a time to talk and present the information gradually instead of all at one time. Keep everything relaxed and don’t force the issue.

Check back on Saturday, October 2, 2010 to learn the process of obtaining a power of attorney.

Tech Giants Working to Help The Elderly

Friday, September 17th, 2010
Image representing Intel as depicted in CrunchBase
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Tech giants Intel and GE are working to form an of yet unnamed company that will be working to help the elderly.  The two companies will be combining their health IT technology funding to form and grow a company meant to help provide technology related medical care.

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Could An iPad Be For Your Loved One?

Monday, September 13th, 2010
Behold the iPad in All Its Glory
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With the aging community embracing tech more than ever before, many are looking for a solution for the aging in they care for. Apple’s latest hit, the iPad may be a solution that many may be able to use and love. It has been designed with those who aren’t as familiar with technology in mind, and the iPad has become a hit with those who haven’t used any computers at all in the past.

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The Future of Health Care

Friday, September 10th, 2010

By 2050 the elderly population will grow by a huge percentage and there will be a total of 90 million Americans out of the total population that is 65 and older. There are no industries that won’t be effected by this, and many are looking into ways to make sure that the growing percentage won’t be negatively impacted by so many in their peer group.

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Dementia Screening May Cut Later Costs

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

Alzheimer’s and the others in the family of dementia is the seventh leading cause of death, it is a worrisome condition to be diagnosed with but studies are showing how important that being screened for them is.

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Administration Looking to Ease Strain on Health Care

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The elderly health care landscape at the moment is in dire need of help.  Officials are trying to work with the present system to sort out many issues that senior citizens often face when it comes to their health care needs.  With the elderly the largest growing portion of the population, they are also having the most issues when it comes to the current system.

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Computers For The Elderly

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Computers can speed up many tasks, and it make communication cheaper and easier when one may have family spread out.   Yet, learning to use many of the newest models can prove to be a very difficult task for many seniors.

There are computers created especially for the elderly, and some that were created with those who may not be familiar with so much technology in mind.  The goals of creating these systems were to bring the accessibility that so many love to those who may find themselves confused or intimidated by many of the high-tech computers that so many use today.

The systems are generally low maintenance and budget friendly.  Below are two different examples of different types that would work well for senior citizens, and choosing among them is as simply as thinking about a person’s specific needs.

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Getting Connected, and Stay In Touch!

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Spending Qaulity Time

Using the internet to stay connected is the most popular form of communication today. With more and more people online than ever before, it is easier (and at times more popular) to log online and get connected to friends and family worldwide.  With the increasing affordability of computers and the internet services, the world-widewide is more accessible than ever before.

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