Here are some of the things we talked about on the “Ken the Contractor” show. Enjoy them and visit his site and ours for updates!
The facts to prove technology isn’t as alien to elderly people as some might think-
- Over-65s are joining Facebook faster than any other age group
- The fastest-growing demographic on the dating site Match.com is the over-50s
- 60% of baby boomers in the US (almost 47 million people) are consumers of social media including blogs, forums, podcasts and online videos
Services are currently out there, some of them with names like
- There are costs associated with installing the hardware,
- the sensors within the house
Watching the Elderly
ISPY Connect (open source software – you have to purchase the hardware)
Started out with the software owner/designer wanting to prove or disprove ghosts and UFOs.
Now it is mainly used for Security in Homes, offices, staff watching, nanny cams, pet watching and on for free.
$250ish and up
Keep them from running the temp up too high/low when confused.
Walk in Bath Tubs
- Muscle & joint pain helped via water-jets (Jacuzzi-like)
- Fits in area size of regular shower/tub
- Waiting for it to fill
- Can’t open the door until drained…time
- Less expensive models sometimes have problems with leaks around walk-in door
- Can be too complicated for some elderly people to use.
- Some customers complain of claustrophobia
Special useful item for all of us not just our elderly friends and family.
Do you have problems opening those stinkingly uncooperative “blister packs” that some products come enclosed in? I realize that they are done this way for security purposes but come on, you can’t hardly get into them.
For under $15, one product on the market can really help, “OpenIt! Plastic Package Opener”! Take a look and see what you think.