Archive for August, 2010

Virtual Senior Center Keeps Homebound Seniors Connected

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Blogger Jane Gross reported in the New York Times recently about a pilot “virtual senior center” that New York City’s Department of Aging is setting up to aid homebound elderly people. The project, which is backed by Microsoft, lets seniors easily interact with other seniors, doctors and even participate in religious services using computers with large touchscreen monitors and webcams.

There are only twelve people in the initial project, but some early results are very heartening. Gross reports on one 86-year-old gentleman:

But it’s better, much better, than watching TV alone in one’s apartment. “I have been brought back into the world of now,” Mr. Greidinger wrote to me.

While there are clearly some kinks in the system, other news sites have reported that there’s been a lot of interest in launching similar projects in other parts of the United States and even internationally.

Read the article: Being There, Without Leaving Home

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Dramatic increase in social network usage among older adults

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Nearly half of adults aged 50-64 and over a quarter of those aged 65+ are using social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a study just released by Pew Internet entitled Older Adults and Social Media.

For the 50-64 crowd, usage grew 88% over the past year and 100% for people 65+ compared to only 13% for users aged 18-29, though to be fair, that’s because the younger ones had adopted social media earlier.

Facebook is a great way of keeping in touch with old friends and new and Twitter is a good way to keep up on all your interests. That’s why you can find LifeStation on both of these services:

Visit LifeStation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

LifeStation Tip: Test Your Console

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Don’t wait until a real emergency to find out that someone accidentally disconnected your LifeStation’s power or telephone cord. Test your LifeStation console each month by pressing your help button. When the LifeStation Care Specialist responds, just tell her that you’re testing your system.

LifeStation on Facebook

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

LifeStation on FacebookFacebook is just for college kids and twenty-somethings, right? Wrong. Facebook, the massive social network, has proven to be incredibly popular among people of all ages. In fact, over 18 million Facebook users in the US are 45 or over. And about a year ago, Facebook reported that women over 55 were its fastest growing segment.

Facebook has proven to be a great place to reconnect with old friends that you haven’t seen since childhood. It’s also a good place to interact with the companies that you like. And that’s why LifeStation is on Facebook. Visit our Facebook page and click the Like button. You’ll be able to read the latest news, send us your questions and comments. Most importantly, you’ll be able to share your medical alert experiences with other LifeStation customers.

Visit LifeStation on Facebook.

Blogging for seniors and their loved ones

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Welcome to the LifeStation blog.

Why a blog? LifeStation’s goal is to help more seniors live independently at home. Our medical alert system is a big part of making that happen, providing peace of mind that help is just a button press away. But to stay independent, seniors need to take care of their physical, emotional and mental health and safety, so we created this blog to share news and tips for seniors and their loved ones. Of course you’ll find tips for using your LifeStation system most effectively, but you’ll also find links to interesting, poignant and occasionally humorous stories to help you or your loved one age in place gracefully.

Enjoy!