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Caregiving is Going High Tech!

By Dietrich Stroeh

The technology industry seems to be getting it. Today’s caregivers – in light of medical advances and baby boomers who keep on booming (working) - need more options than ever before. How else are caregivers going to see to it that housebound mom and older sibling with dementia get the care they need and deserve to maintain a quality lifestyle? But these advances all come with price tags for further research and development. It was a relief to discover that AARP recently sponsored a caregiving tech competition in Sunnyvale, California to generate technologies that could improve tomorrow’s choices. The AARP Innovations@50+ Live Pitch brought together venture capitalists and the latest and greatest high tech inventions. These inventions were ranked by members of the audience for their ability to address caregiving needs. The presentations were focused on making life easier for either the aging patients or their caregivers, or both. No doubt this can be quite a challenge. There were, initially, more than 200 entrants. Of those ten were selected to do a presentation. Two from that group emerged from the pack as winners. They were: SingFit, a Los Angeles-based company that has designed both app and music software to stimulate the minds of dementia patients. It also has the added bonus of providing an effective body-mind workout. Penrose Check-Ins (Senior Care Auditors of Dallas, Texas) received the venture capitalist judges’ award. This system of app and specially designed technologies that work with auditors who make home visits. It provides a prescribed list that is relevant to the family member’s well-being. A real plus for long-distance caregivers, especially. These two will meet with the AARP Innovation team mentorship which could possibly help them develop income streams of support to continue with their good work. To learn more, click here. Click here to read the original article. J. Dietrich “Diet” Stroeh is an engineer by trade. His life turned upside down when he learned unexpectedly that his wife had Stage Four Pancreatic Cancer. He chronicles the caretaking journey he took and the loss he experienced in Three Months: A Caregiving Journey from Heartbreak to Healing (2012 FolkHeart Press paperback & Kindle). He has appeared on numerous radio shows and has also written two e-books: Being a Caregiver Isn’t Magic: It’s an Art and 13 Tips for Caregivers. For more information, visit

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An Update on NCAA's Creative Caregiving Guide

October 11

eCareDiary's caregiving expert, Margery Pabst Steinmetz will speak to Dr. Greg Finch, Field Services Director at The National Center for Creative Aging, Dr. Vanessa Briscoe, Professor at Bethune Cookman University and Tamika Harris from Share the Care about new developments involving NCAA's creative caregiving guide aimed at improving the quality of caregivers' lives.

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