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Age-Tech Industry and Caregiver Health

Honor Radar points you to stories of real quality—the most interesting and influential, the most uplifting and unexpected pieces of the week. We scan the news and the net so you don’t have to. What’s Honor Radar this week?

Honor In The News

Silicon Valley Goes Gray: Inside the Booming Age Tech Industry – Fast Company’s Co.Exist

“From products that help manage end-of-life care to those that boost the social life of seniors, tech for the elderly and their caregivers could be the next big market.” Get a quick snapshot of how Stephen Johnston, co-founder of Aging2.0 and Generator Ventures, views “age-tech” opportunities—and companies leading the way. “Johnston sees the age-tech market in seven categories, roughly following Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs.’” We like Johnston’s thinking. Anyone who uses the theories of an innovative 20th-century psychologist to inform business strategy and prioritize the needs of older consumers, gets it. Honor is the first company mentioned in this piece—but that’s not why we think it’s worth reading.

 

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Dying to Be a Caregiver?

California Groups Studying How to Improve Health of Caregivers – California Healthline

“According to HealthyCal, about 590,000 California residents have Alzheimer’s, and that number is projected to increase to about 840,000 by 2025.” And that’s only half of this terrifying story. Research by UC-San Diego has found links between being a caregiver for a patient with Alzheimer’s or dementia and greater risk of serious health issues, including increased stress up to four times higher than non-caregivers, 12 times more likely to suffer depression, and higher rates of hypertension and chance of cardiovascular disease. There is hope—and help on the way. Clinical trials are now testing various ways to intervene to help caregivers manage their stress and prevent serious health conditions from developing. Can’t wait for the clinical trial results? Please give us a call.

For all the details, be sure to click on the HealthyCal link to read, An Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Just for Caregivers, by Fran Kritz.

The Alzheimer’s Caregiver Study is still accepting participants.

 

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Hearing Aid for Generations

It’s Time to Record Our Grandparents’ History – The Wall Street Journal

Just in time for the holidays! “A smartphone app from StoryCorps can bridge generations by turning anyone into a documentarian.” We love this piece for so many reasons. The most important? It shows how technology can bring families closer together to share stories while creating something of value—a lasting oral history. And it invites readers to do just that. “The StoryCorps app helps you record one-on-one interviews with your loved ones and preserve them in the Library of Congress.”

After you download the app, be sure to visit storycorps.org and explore. Many know about StoryCorps, America’s oral history project and the largest single collection of human voices. Not everyone knows that one of the 21 current categories is Memory Loss. We encourage you to listen to a few stories. There are surprisingly hopeful lessons to be learned from caregivers—and from those with Alzheimer’s. One of our favorites is a beautiful 3-minute-and-43-second reminder that even when memory is lost, laughter and love remain. If you’re a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, you know that life is far more challenging, even heartbreaking at times. The Memory Loss Alzheimer’s stories help you also know that you’re not alone.

 

Radar Love

Gray-Haired Granny? An 85-year-old Writer Goes Punk Rock Instead – NPR

Anne Bernays, a great grandmother and novelist, is rewriting that dull chapter on looking your age—and redefining the blue-hair special. Featured in the NPR Morning Edition series, The Changing Lives of Women, Bernays reflects on the role of a woman’s appearance as she grows older and explains why… “Grouchy people smiled at me. An older woman stopped me on the street to shake my hand.” We’re inspired. Hope you will be too.

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Photo Credit: Kayana Szymczak for NPR


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