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GrandCare featured in Star Tribune article on aging and technology

We wanted to share the recent article by the Minneapolis Star Tribune on how enabling technologies are helping individuals to live independently, safely and happily at home.

GrandCare could not agree more 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 seniors that we are discussing 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.  At GrandCare, that has been a vision since day one. How can we bridge the generations and connect grandchildren and great grandchildren with their senior family members?  How can we find a middle ground when both generations prefer different methods of communication?

Note: As a clarification in the Star Tribune article, the GrandCare System is not an emergency response system.  Instead, GrandCare 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.). Designated caregivers 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.

The new retirement: Technology

  • Article by: PAUL DUNCAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 7, 2013 – 9:48 AM

It’s such a cliché: grandpa fiddling with the buttons on the cellphone he barely knows how to use, grandma struggling to remember how to switch the computer on. But is it true that older people don’t like technology and don’t use it?

The reality, says expert Andrew Carle, is completely different from the perception. Carle, director of the Program in Senior Housing Administration at George Mason University and a consultant on aging issues, coined the term “Nana Technology” for innovations that not only help our aging population, but actually can save their lives.

Carle was in Minnesota in June to give a talk to Aging Services of Minnesota in Brooklyn Center on “Nana Technology: Is There A Robot In Your Future?” This is a summary of his presentation:  

Why technology is important

In two words: Global aging, says Carle. The first of 78 million baby boomers turned 65 on January 1, 2011, and the population aged 85 and older is expected to more than triple from 5.7 million in 2010 to 19 million in 2050. And it’s not an American phenomenon; on the list of countries with the highest percentage of people over 60, the U.S. comes 43rd. The outcome, says Carle, is that global aging will affect us long before global warming. “Individuals who in 1968 thought they would change the world,” Carle says, “by 2028 actually will.” So how will we take care of all these seniors? The answer is: Technology…

Carle highlights these useful and potentially life-saving technologies for seniors…


Sandys Screen

GrandCare Systems (grandcare.com): An integrated system that uses sensors around the home to monitor health and wellness, and establishes a baseline of normal activities. Reports emergencies, and allows communication with the senior via an open TV channel or available touch screen unit


To read the full article: http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/goodlife/218580541.html

Fri 12-10-10 GrandCare speaks at Chicago LSN Tech Conference

Where: Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL
Who: GrandCare Founder, Charlie Hillman and GrandCare Director of Business Relations, Laura Mitchell
What: LSN Tech Conference in Chicago

Educational Session
8C | 1.5 CEs 9:30am – 11:00am
Person-Centered Technologies for those Living Independently
Hear about the potential growth in the aging/technology industry that is predicted to reach $20 billion by 2020 according to industry analyst, Laurie Orlov.
Learn about technologies currently available on the market including ADL monitoring, medication management, fall detection, brain fitness and socialization technologies.
Describe remote environmental sensing, passive physiological sensing, artificial intelligence, and networking technologies that allow a caregiver to remotely and passively monitor a loved-one without compromising dignity or privacy.
Discuss technologies that focus on the importance of an active body, mind and soul by simultaneously addressing the loneliness and social isolation associated with aging.
Recognize how aging service providers can incorporate these technologies to better serve your current and potential clients.

Faculty: Laura Mitchell, Director of Business Relations, GrandCare Systems & Director on Aging Technology Alliance Board, Charlie Hillman, Founder & CEO of GrandCare Systems & CAST Commissioner, Pramod Gaur, PhD, Vice President Telehealth, UnitedHealth Group (invited)