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United in Technology for Aging video

Check out the United in Technology for Aging article and video with our AgeTek Directors, Laura Mitchell and Peter Radsliff!
In this short clip, Ken from ViodiTV interviews Laura and Peter about AgeTek and a few of the AgeTek member products.
Thanks ViodiTV!

Thursday GrandCare Webinar: Lori Bitter speaks on Downturned Markets and Upturned Ideals

WHEN: Thursday February 3rd, 2pm EDT (1p CT).
WHERE: http://my.dimdim.com/grandcare
WHAT: Lori Bitter speaks on Downturned Markets & Upset Ideals

Topic Description:
This webinar will explain how the economic fallout has affected boomer and senior values and how you can stay relevant to this changed consumer. Learn how to reach the new mature consumer as Lori Bitter, President of Continuum Crew profiles them, describing their anxieties and shifting values. Use this information to improve your organization’s marketing strategy by understanding the trends and differences in Boomer and Senior consumer sentiment and uncover the messaging framework needed to engage this changed consumer to increase your prospect base.

About Lori Bitter:
Lori Bitter is President of Continuum Crew, an integrated communications firm focused on engaging mature consumers, which she launched following the closure of JWT BOOM, the nation’s leading mature market advertising and marketing company. Lori has more than 30 years of advertising, public relations and strategic planning experience and is the author of numerous white papers on topics relevant to the senior and Boomer population.

Webinar Objectives
1. Learn how to reach the new mature consumer
2. Improve your organization’s marketing strategy
3. Understand the trends and differences in the Boomer and Senior consumer

Upcoming Events:

NAPGCM- – May 12-15, 2011 | Sheraton New Orleans Hotel | New Orleans, LA
AgeTek Discounts apply: http://www.caremanager.org/calendar.cfm

GrandCare will be at CES in LVCC North Hall #2812

Going to CES?

GrandCare will be showcasing their communication, cognition, monitoring and wellness assessment technology at CES 2011 in Las Vegas, LVCC North Hall #2812. CES is Jan 6-9th.

We would love to see you there. Want to meet with us, just email info(@)GrandCare.com

We have just a few FREE show passes to CES left for our favorite friends, email us to find out more about that!!!

Laura Mitchell of GrandCare will be speaking on the Social Networking Panel at the Pre-CES workshop in the Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas, on Wednesday Jan 5th from 1p-430p. More info here

Stay After the workshop for THE ANNUAL AGETEK Networking and Meeting! And after, brave souls will head to KARAOKE arranged by PRESTO!!!

Laura & Charlie will also be speaking during the Silvers Summit on Saturday January 8th at CES. More info here


Laura Mitchell interviewed on The Peggy Smedley Radio Show

Peggy Smedley interviewed GrandCare’s Laura Mitchell in December 2010 and they discussed the GrandCare System as well as acceptance of technology by the aging population.

Here is a link to a recording of Laura Mitchell being interviewed on the GrandCare system on The Peggy Smedley Radio Show.

The Peggy Smedley Show interview with Laura Mitchell

Thank you to The Peggy Smedley Radio Show for the opportunity to share GrandCare!


The Peggy Smedley Show

The Peggy Smedley Show, the voice of M2M and connected devices, is an informative, yet fun, talk show hosted by Peggy Smedley, president of Specialty Publishing Co. The show broadcasts live for one hour each Tuesday at 12 noon CT. The Peggy Smedley Show features discussions with top newsmakers and technology companies, as well as in-depth analysis of the week’s biggest connected devices stories and trends.

Connected devices encompass fitness, GPS/personal navigation, home security, energy management, and ereaders, just to name a few. Rather than focusing on how to start a technology company, or reporting on sustaining a lifestyle, The Peggy Smedley Show helps listeners across all industries, in companies of all sizes, understand the issues and challenges of moving toward this emerging innovation.

GrandCare on CNN

Special Thanks to our long time GrandCare customer, dealer and friend: The Oaks in South Carolina and Peace of Mind Alternatives. Stacey Pierce & James McGee for helping to facilitate and allowing CNN to interview their GrandCare Client. Thank you!

Sensors monitor older people at home
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) — The sensors know when Charlton Hall Jr. wakes up to go to the bathroom. They know how much time he spends in bed. They watch him do jigsaw puzzles in the den. They tattle when he opens the refrigerator.
Sound like a Big Brother nightmare?
Not for Hall. The 74-year-old finds comfort in monitored living.
“It’s a wonderful system for helping older people to stay independent as long as possible,” he said, sitting in the living room of his 7,500-square-foot house, a sensor watching him from an elaborate bookshelf. “They know where I am — all the time.”
Sensor networks, which made their debut in hospitals and assisted living centers, have been creeping into the homes of some older Americans in recent years.
The systems — which can monitor a host of things, from motion in particular rooms to whether a person has taken his or her medicine — collect information about a person’s daily habits and condition, and then relay that in real-time to doctors or family members.
If Hall opens an exterior door at night, for example, an alert goes out to his doctor, a monitoring company and two of his closest friends, since he doesn’t have family nearby.
“They want to know if I’ve fallen, and where I am,” he said, noting that he’s fallen several times in recent years and also has a chronic heart condition and diabetes.
Hall’s monitoring network, made by a company called GrandCare Systems, features motion-sensors in every room as well as sensors on every exterior door. A sensor beneath the mattress pad on his bed tells health care professionals if he’s sleeping regularly.
All of this connects wirelessly with vital sign monitors, which send his doctor daily reports about his blood-sugar levels, blood pressure and weight. He can see charts about how he’s doing on a touch-screen monitor that sits on a desk in his home office.
This type of set-up may only be the beginning.
University researchers are testing robots that help take care of older people, keep them company — and even give them sponge baths. Meanwhile, some younger people have taken to collecting information on their own, often going to extremes to document exercise routines, caffeine intake and the like and posting the data online.
Jeff Kaye, director of the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology, said this monitored-all-the-time life will become the norm for older people in the United States within five years, and will be common for people of all ages soon after.
His lab has been conducting research on the benefits of monitoring people all the time, and they have early indications that doctors may be able to spot early Alzheimer’s, dementia and indicators a person is susceptible to falls by monitoring their daily lives.
While the technology is basically ready to go now, he said, researchers haven’t had enough time to figure out how these systems will work most effectively. Crunching the data can be challenging, and the number of things we can monitor needs to be increased for these systems to provide more valuable info.
“The temperature you sleep at, the particulate matter in the air, the ambient light your body experiences … drastically can change your physiology, and we are barely aware of it,” he said.
The idea of monitoring older people is catching on slowly, and there are several reasons for this.
Part of the hold-up is a lack of research. While tech researchers and health care experts have a general sense that more monitoring must be a good thing for spotting health trends and preventing accidents, there’s little formal research to prove this.
Companies that make these systems are also scarce.
Only a few boutique companies in the United States sell these types of monitoring systems for home use, experts said in interviews, although Intel and GE are set to announce a partnership such systems in January, GE Healthcare’s Jim Pursley said.
Some complain that the monitoring systems are too expensive for many people.
Hall’s system in Columbia, South Carolina, cost $5,500 to install, he said. Others pay monthly fees for monitoring services, kind of like a cable TV payment model.
Bob Jennings, who lives 45 minutes down the road from Hall in Orangeburg, South Carolina, said he pays $300 to $400 per month for a system to monitor his parents’ home, which is about a mile down the street from his house.
That’s cheaper than a nursing home, and it brings him peace of mind, he said.
There are also ethical issues with monitoring people as they age.
Jennings, 49, said he made a pact with his dad to let him stay in his house — which he’s lived in for more than 40 years — as long as possible. Jennings didn’t feel safe about that arrangement without placing a network of monitors in the home.
Bob Jennings’ dad, Robert Jennings, now 86, didn’t take to the idea kindly.
“I don’t need that damn thing,” Bob Jennings recalls his dad saying.
But if it meant he could stay in his house, he would agree to it.
The younger Jennings said the system has proven useful.
Until recently, Robert Jennings lived in his large house with his wife, who has Alzheimer’s and has since moved to an assisted living center. Before she moved to the center, Bob Jennings worried his mother would become disoriented and wander out of the house. He used a GrandCare network of sensors to track her and notify him if she broke from normal routine.
If she was out of bed for more than 10 minutes in the middle of the night, for example, he would get a call. And if she opened a door to the backyard, where there’s a swimming pool, he would get a call on his mobile phone, work phone and home phone.
One night he got that call, and rushed to the house to find his mother fiddling with a latch that kept her out of the backyard.
“She could have walked right out there and fell in the swimming pool,” he said.
Jennings said his dad has been able to stay in the home at least two years longer than he otherwise would have because of the monitoring system.
But it’s not clear Robert Jennings understands the system.
His son had the sensors installed while his dad was out of the house so that he wouldn’t worry. The 86-year-old users a touch-screen monitor that controls the system from the kitchen mostly to look at photos of his family members. Pictures of granddaughters in cheerleader outfits and his grandson on hunting trips flash across the screen while he eats breakfast.
The AARP supports these monitoring systems as a way for people to “age in place,” but the group says adult children should have serious conversations with their parents about why they’re interested in a monitoring system and the possible benefits.
“Conversations should be taking place early and often,” said Elinor Ginzler, AARP’s senior vice president for livable communities.
Lee Tien, senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that advocates for privacy online, said rules need to be developed to ensure the personal data from these monitoring systems is protected.
“When data is being held by a third party, that also means it’s susceptible to being subpoenaed by your insurance company or accessible perhaps by your employer or law enforcement or the IRS,” he said. “Everyone can make up their own idea of who they wouldn’t want to know all the things that the 24-7 record of the movement inside your home — connected with monitoring devices — would tell you.”
Robert Jennings said he wants to do whatever he can to stay in his home.
“It’s where I spent most of my time with my wife and raised my children,” he said. Nearly every inch of available wall space in the home is covered with portraits of family members and pets.
Hall is a rare case in that he chose to install a system to monitor himself. Without it, he said, he would have to leave his home, which is stuffed full of beloved items he’s collected over the years — from porcelain birds to Chinese furniture and nude statues.
A tiny dog named Precious tails him everywhere he goes in the house.
But Hall likes knowing someone else is watching, too.
“It is the most secure feeling,” he said.

Direct link to CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/innovation/11/19/sensors.aging/index.html?hpt=Sbin

NAHB’s Home Technology Alliance and CEDIA Host Free Webinar on Home Health Care Technology

National Association of Home Builders – hear Laura Mitchell of GrandCare speak!

“Home Health Technology: A $20 Billion Industry”
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EDT)

NAHB’s Home Technology Alliance and CEDIA Host Free Webinar on Home Health Care Technology

Take part in this informative program and learn how to benefit from this growing home health care technology market opportunity by incorporating these trends into their service offerings.

According to Aging in Place Technology Watch’s Laurie Orlov, the aging and technology industry will reach $20 billion by 2020. People have a strong desire to remain independent and at home. This program, featuring Laura Mitchell, Business Relationship Specialist at GrandCare Systems, will provide insight about the aging and technology market, and the myriad products such as smart home, tele-health, brain fitness, and fall detection technologies. This program is open and free of charge to all NAHB and CEDIA members. Click here for registration information.

This Thursday’s Aging & Tech Web Meeting: Canopy Mktg by Donna Cusano, Telecare Aware

This Thursday’s Aging & Tech Web Meeting
Topic: Canopy Marketing–Getting Down to the Roots (Marketing technology directly to your community)

Thursday 10-15-09 2p Eastern/1pm Central/12n Mountain/11a Pacific

Meeting Site: www.dimdim.com room: grandcare

1. Introduction & Announcements

2. Call Topic: Canopy Marketing–Getting Down to the Roots
– How every marketing plan has several different layers in the “canopy” with different functions
– How utilizing multiple channels pays off in customers
Our market, where a technology like GrandCare is positioned, and its inherent contradiction
– What you can do that doesn’t take a fortune in marketing spend
– Open forum

3. Next week’s Topic: Carol Marak, CareBuzz offers her perspective: reaching adult children, the caregivers and decision makers, of aging parents through the Internet

4. Wrap-Up

This call is brought to you by in-home technology, GrandCare Systems: www.grandcare.com. These calls were designed to bring about a group of visionary individuals to learn from each other, network and grow! These calls are open to anyone and everyone at no charge. If you are interested in speaking, or have a topic suggestion, please reply to: info@grandcare.com

EHX Spring 2010 Will Add Home Health Technology Pavilion Partners with GrandCare Systems to create education and product introduction experience in rapidly growing sector. image

Press Release: EHX Spring 2010 Will Add Home Health Technology Pavilion
Partners with GrandCare Systems to create education and product introduction experience in rapidly growing sector.

By CE Pro Editors
Filed in: Press Releases, EHX Spring, Home Health
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09.24.2009 — FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — Electronic House Expo (EHX) announced today that GrandCare Systems will sponsor the Home Health Technology educational track and pavilion at EHX Spring 2010: The New Opportunities Show, being held March 24-27, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

GrandCare, a leading provider of high-end, in-home health technologies and vocal advocate and educator to dealers and policy makers, will assist with the development of the conference sessions and anchor the Home Technology Pavilion on the Expo Floor.

EHX Spring 2010, produced by CE Pro magazine, is delivering on its goal of a one-of-a-kind event experience which will lead custom electronic professionals toward the new growth opportunities being created in the changing economy.

Themed “The New Opportunities Show,” EHX Spring 2010 will feature Home Health Technologies as one of six major areas identified by the editors of CE Pro to represent real revenue growth prospects. In addition to the Home Health Technology Pavilion, EHX Spring 2010 will dedicate technical, business, and free product training relevant to the multi-billion dollar market.

“An aging population is driving demand for technology that will allow seniors to remain in the homes and self-sufficient. This creates new opportunities for our audience, and partnering with GrandCare Systems to anchor our efforts makes perfect sense,” said Jim Wagner, General Manager of EH Events. “We are excited by their participation not only on the Expo Floor, but also in the development of comprehensive educational training that will equip our attendees with the knowledge to best serve this growing market.”

Some have referred to this new aging phenomenon as the inevitable “silver tsunami” as the senior population is expected to double over the next two decades. According to a 2005 AARP study, 89 percent of homeowners over 45 years old wanted to stay at home.

“We are passionate about the use of technology to simplify and enhance the caregiver experience. Technology helps us remotely assess activities of daily living, wellness, vitals, medication access, sleep patterns, and general cognition. It is an accepted fact that social connectivity and brain fitness are critical for healthy aging,” said Gaytha Traynor, co-founder of GrandCare Systems. “That’s why we have combined monitoring, communication and cognition technologies into one product that is personally delivered to clients by professional dealers and installers.”

EHX Spring 2010 will also focus on:

* Alternative/Smart Energy
* Commercial
* Retrofit
* Recurring Revenue
* Digital Content

Attendees will benefit from the most relevant, timely and actionable business and technology development sessions delivered in new informal, interactive and personal formats. EHX Spring will expand the view on the potential of new revenue sources through a variety of dealer and industry-lead panels and super sessions, as well as a packed Expo Floor focusing on the hottest new technologies.

Registration for EHX Spring 2010 will be open in the fall of 2009. Event details are available online at http://www.ehxweb.com.

For exhibiting information, contact George Keegan at gkeegan@ehpub.com or (508) 663-1500 x229.

For all media inquiries, please contact Jessica Camerato at jcamerato@ehpub.com or (508) 663-1500 x296.

TOMORROW! Join our Aging & Technology Conference Call — Dementia Resources


Topic: Dementia Resources – Low Tech / High Tech – Dementia Friendly Homes

2pm EDT/1pm CDT/ 12n MDT/ 11a PDT

Step 1. Go to our online meeting room:

Step 2. Locate Dial-In information Posted On the Top of the Webinar and DIAL

8-6-09 AGENDA:

I. Save The Date
A. 8/5/09 3pm CDT GC Sales Webinar (email grandcare to register) B. 8/11/09
1pm CDT GC authorized dealers/providers Meeting (mktg/sales, competition,
pricing & more) C. Upcoming Conference Call Topics/Speakers (seeking
speakers for Oct)
8-13-09 The VALUE of Technology – placing a price tag on value (Ken
Kerr, Home Controls)
8-20-09 Home Health Technology (Laurie Orlov)
8-27-09 Aging/Technology Industry Overview (Rob Scheschareg,
9-3-09 A No Bull Guide to Selling (Brian Offenberger, Security

These conferences are recorded. To listen to the
recordings: http://dealerwww.grandcare.com

Dealer Jabber/Conference Call/Webinars


III: ROUND TABLE Nothing is “off the table”
A. Industry/Company Announcements
B. Sharing
C. Seen and Be Seen (Upcoming Events)
D. FREE Advice
E. THANK YOUs (have someone on the call to thank?)

IV: CALL TOPIC: Dementia Resources – Low Tech / High Tech – Dementia
Friendly Homes

About your Speaker:
Rosemary Bakker is on faculty at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New
York and is the developer and Director of ThisCaringHome.org, a multimedia
website for caregivers of people with dementia.
She is a gerontologist, a certified interior designer, and a former
caregiver to her mother, Arlene, who had Alzheimer’s disease. She
understands first-hand how a dementia-friendly environment can make
caregiving less difficult and more fulfilling. Rosemary has engaged in
real-life testing of over 50 household and technology products, from
grab-bar fastening systems to fall monitors, environmental controls, and
Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Bakker is a leading expert on the role of interior design and technology in
promoting health and wellness at every stage of life. She has conducted
numerous presentations on the topic to diverse audiences, ranging from
health care professionals, interior designers, housing experts, and Fortune
500 corporations to the Centers for Disease Control, the Alzheimer’s
Association, and the United Nations. Ms. Bakker has been an invited speaker
on CBS, NBC, and PBS and was featured in the Public Lives column of The New
York Times and in AARP’s Modern Maturity. She has won numerous awards for
her innovative work in interior design for healthy longevity and has
authored two books on the topic: Penguin Books (Elderdesign, 1997) and Lark
Books (AARP Guide to Beautiful Living with Universal Design, 2010). You can
contact Rosemary Bakker at rob2013@med.cornell.edu.

A. Questions
B. What it takes to become a member of the GC Vision Team. Receive reduced
rates & residuals.
Contact dealers(at)grandcare.com

This weekly conference call is hosted by GrandCare Systems. GrandCare is a
complete communication, cognition and

wellness technology allowing individuals to remain independent, safe &
healthy at home.

Hope to catch you on the call tomorrow!